Lot 864: GOLD MOURNING RING IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH "BETSEY" HICKEY OF PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, DIED 19 SEPTEMBER 1783, AGED 14 YEARS.
August 17, 2014
Portsmouth, NH, USALive Auction
Description: Elizabeth, the only daughter of Capt. & Mrs. James Hickey, is buried in the grave yard of St. John's Church, Portsmouth, overlooking the Piscataqua River. Cast gold with raised lettering on black enamel, composed of four scrolling sections bearing the legend "ELIZA: HICKEY: OB. 19 SEP: 1783 AE. 14." Diameter 15/16 inch.Literature: The epitaph from Elizabeth's gravestone was used as the text for a song, one of a cycle composed by Evan Chambers called "The Old Burying Ground" and recorded by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. It reads: "Relentless Death! Why Pluck the Tender Bud e'er Nature quite had open'd to its Prime, the lovely Maid. Spectators, see the lot of all. Be wise in time, Eternity is near."
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