Mourning ring

Gold mourning ring commemorating Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), which belonged to Thomas Bolton, 2nd Earl Nelson. The bezel of the ring is decorated in red and white enamel with the letters 'N' and 'B', below two coronets and the name 'T RAFALGAR' executed on a black enamel background. The bezel of the ring is hinged on the right hand side and opens up to reveal a lock of plaited hair contained under glass. The hoop of the ring is inscribed 'PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT', which is the Latin motto of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The inside of the bezel is also inscribed with the words 'lost to his country 21 Octr 1805 Aged 47'. The ring is contained within a box.

Object Details

ID: JEW0167
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Mourning ring
Display location: Display - Nelson, Navy, Nation Gallery
Creator: John Salter
Places: Cape Trafalgar
Events: Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Date made: 1805
Exhibition: Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames; Nelson, Navy, Nation
People: Nelson, Horatio; Nelson, Thomas
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Caird Fund.
Measurements: Overall: 14 x 20 x 23 mm

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