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Memento Mori Ring

The early 17th-century gold ring depicts a skull with the initials C L and the Latin legend: Memento Mori or "remember thy death." Bly Straube, Historic Jamestown's Senior Curator, speculates that the initials could be attributed to Captain Christopher Lawne who was a member of the first Virginia General Assembly. Straube indicates "The ring would have been very expensive and would have been worn by a person of significant wealth and stature."

Captain Lawne arrived at Jamestown on April 27, 1619, with fifteen settlers and established one of the first English settlements in Isle of Wight County on a creek that still bears his name. Captain Lawne and Ensign Washer represented Lawne's Plantation in the first House of Burgesses that met at Jamestown on the 30th day of July 1619. Lawne died in November of the same year.

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