Gold and white enamel  wing  mourning a young child's death

Gold and white enamel wing mourning a young child's death. The owner writes, “Occasionally one comes across a ring made for a deceased child.  I am fascinated  by these because, obviously the child had few friends to attend a funeral and, of course no will!   I think these help dispel the crazy myth that parents were less grieved by the death of a child than we are today (the argument hinges on the high infant/child mortality rate).  Here is a testament  that,  yes, the parents did indeed love their children, and wished to remember  them.  This ring of 1730 is for George Newland died aged 3.” A white ring indicated the deceased was unmarried.

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Last modified 29 September 2011