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Object Name Ring, Finger
Catalog Number 0985.13.00023
Date ca. 1861-1865
Description Ring consisting of a squared signet form made of three rubber buttons, two three-cent pieces, and a shell. A pattern of ten small stars in a circle surrounding a central larger star (eleven stars total) is worked on each of the three squared faces. The stars are set in a shield form on top and two circles on either side with decoration etched around the edges. The ring is three gutta percha pieces connected with two metal rings between and four pins.
Dimensions D-0.6 Dia-0.875 inches
Owned unidentified Confederate POW
Made Creator unknown, Confederate POW, probably Johnson's Island, Ohio
Provenance An unknown Confederate POW made this ring from three buttons, two three-cent and one ten-cent U.S. silver coins, and shell obtained from the shores of Johnson's Island. It was purchased from one of the last companies of released prisoners in the barracks at the Battery, in New York City. These released POWs were waiting for transportation home.
People unidentified Confederate POW
Search Terms Johnson's Island military prison (tentative)
New York City, New York
Subjects POW's
prisoners
Prisoners of war
jewelry