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Signet ring with Ku Klux Klan insignia

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
E. M. Company  Search this
Subject of:
Ku Klux Klan, 2nd, American, 1915 - 1944  Search this
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 13/16 × 11/16 × 11/16 in. (2 × 1.8 × 1.8 cm)
Type:
finger rings
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
1920s
Description:
A gold signet ring with a blank face and an eagle on each shoulder. The eagles are clutching olive branches and arrows. They have their wings outstretched, and they have their heads looking to the left. Above each eagle is a horizontal row of three stars near the head of the ring. Three additional vertical rows of stars are below the eagles along the band of the ring. Engraved on the inside of the band of the ring is “14K GOLD SHELL” and “E.M.CO.”
Statement:
Objects depicting symbols of hate or related to organized hate groups may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate history and culture.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Fraternal organizations  Search this
U.S. History, 1919-1933  Search this
White supremacy movements  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Anonymous Gift
Object number:
2013.231.9
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Adornment
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5b9e903c4-ef11-4723-a7d9-4e12443e485d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.231.9