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Catalog Number 1975.124.021B
Description Ring pillow, c. 1888. Small cream satin, heart-shaped pillow trimmed with cream ribbon with cream bow at the top. Embroidered with a small floral design in cream and blue. Metal ring tied to the pillow at the center-left with cream ribbon that looks newer. Ring pillow for the wedding of Gertrude Clark, daughter of Warren Dearborn and Maude Hopkins Clark, descendants of Moses and Anna Hopkins.
Object Name Pillow, Ring
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title Wedding Ring Pillow, 1892
Date 1892
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "10K" (punched into inside rim of ring)
Notes "Most brides know the tradition of the ring bearer: a young boy carries the wedding rings on a pillow down the aisle to the couple. Some say this wedding custom dates as far back to the Ancient Egyptians, however the trend of a ring bearer began in Victorian England and spread throughout the world. Though during the medieval times, Northern Europeans presented the ring to the bride on the tip of a sword. So as you can see, even if there weren't official ring bearers back then, the tradition was still there! A ring bearer was first called a pageboy in England, and it is said that he originally carried the bride's train and a prayer book along with the rings. He also used to wear a white lace collar and sash, but obviously that trend is dead and buried. Today ring bearers sport a tuxedo just like those of the groomsmen and groom.

The wedding bands are a symbolic part of the wedding ceremony, as well as the marriage between the couple. Wedding rings symbolize the new bond between the bride and the groom as well as their commitment to one another. They are precious in the eyes of the bride and groom. So obviously they must be handled with care! The ring bearer serves as the responsible carrier of the rings. This is also why ring bearer pillows are used--to ensure the rings are handled properly. Today, however, many couples opt for ring pillows with fake rings on them. But many ring pillows provide a pocket or thread for carrying the rings." [ 3/1/2017]
Dimensions H-5.25 W-6 D-0.75 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Clark, Gertrude
Hopkins, Maud Frances
Subjects Weddings
People Clark, Gertrude
Clark, Warren Dearborn
Hopkins, Anna
Hopkins, Maud Frances
Hopkins, Moses