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Ring - Wedding, Gold, circa 1908 Object Reg. No: SH 900832

Wedding Ring belonging to Ellen Louise Pfeifer (nee Wendt). She was married in 1908 and died in 1962. At her wedding she also wore a gold hinged bangle. She was married at the Presbyterian Church, probably in St Kilda.

Wedding rings or bands have possibly been in use since Ancient Rome and are associated with numerous customs relating to marriage. Wedding rings are today worn on either the base of the right or the left ring finger, depending on local custom. Today they are often given as the last item in a series of gifts, which includes the engagement ring. As well as being an visible marker of a person's marital status, wedding rings of have strong symbolism, with a European tradition encouraging the engraving of the name of one's intended spouse and the date of one's intended marriage on the inside surface of wedding rings, thus strengthening the symbolism and sentimentality of the rings as they become family heirlooms.
Plain gold wedding ring. Thin. Stamp on inside. No other markings.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr J. Hearse, 1988
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2 mm (Height), 20 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: marriage customs rites, rites of passage, rituals beliefs, weddings, rings, jewellery
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: jewellery
Inscriptions: Stamped: 18.
Date Made: circa 1908
User: Ellen Pfeifer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1908-1962

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