Ring, 1792. Museum no. M.162-1962

Ring, 1792. Museum no. M.162-1962

Ring
Maker unknown
England
1792
Height 3 cm
Museum no. M.162-1962
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

This mourning ring was made to commemorate the death of a child, whose brief life is symbolised by the drooping rosebud on the left-hand side of the plant. According to the inscription, the child was called Butterfield Harrison and died on 14 March 1792 aged 2 years 9 months and 14 days. Although black is the colour most usually associated with mourning, white was used for children and sometimes for the unmarried.