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Sigmund Freud's wedding ring

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3096, Sigmund Freud's wedding ring, 1886

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Austrian
Material: Gold

Sigmund Freud's wedding ring, engraved with his wife Martha's name and the date of their marriage, 13 September 1886.

About the inscription on the box containing the wedding ring: Freud took the ring to his fiance in Hamburg in a matchbox; he had inscribed the matchbox lid with a poem from a famous anthology of German folk poems 'Des Knaban Wunderhorn' ('The Youth's Magic Horn'), famously used by Gustav Mahler. The poem, entitled 'When my Sweetheart is Married', is about a travelling journeyman's grief at losing his love to another.

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