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Thread: San Quentin State Prison silver ring ! It's #100 and it's my largest silver ever !

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    The history on this ring is incredible. You and Twig should write an article. You could probably sell it to a couple of different magazines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzjavert View Post
    The history on this ring is incredible. You and Twig should write an article. You could probably sell it to a couple of different magazines.
    This ring is my best silver one in 14 years ! I'll keep it forever with all my great finds !
    Glen
    Always looking for that next ring !!

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    At the prison there is a shop that sells stuff prisoners make. Wallets, belts, jewelry, etc.
    The inmates make this stuff and get some of the money for it. Its a shop that anyone can visit as its outside the main gate. Ive been there and Id guess thats where this ring came from.
    DH

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
    At the prison there is a shop that sells stuff prisoners make. Wallets, belts, jewelry, etc.
    The inmates make this stuff and get some of the money for it. Its a shop that anyone can visit as its outside the main gate. Ive been there and Id guess thats where this ring came from.
    Thanks for the info !
    Glen
    Always looking for that next ring !!

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    This article can be found on the prisonbuckles.com site along with a brief history on the buckles. i am trying to get some photos of a ring made by one of the prisoners to post as well.
    Last edited by SQKellerman; Aug 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM.
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    Graduation Ring ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SQKellerman View Post
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    This article can be found on the prisonbuckles.com site along with a brief history on the buckles. i am trying to get some photos of a ring made by one of the prisoners to post as well.
    Thanks for all the info on the ring ! That's what's great about T NET lots of good people with lots of good info !
    Glen
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrandy View Post
    Graduation Ring ?
    It would be more like get out of prison ring
    Glen
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwigsLady View Post
    This ring was made by my husband, Twig, in the 1980's. He was a jeweler and made it as part of his in cell hobby program. He made several thousand of these rings during his time there.

    Joy
    Kudos to Joy for chiming in and giving us the real info. on this piece of history.
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ID:	662246This ring was purchased by an employee at San Quentin in the 1980's. There are no markings in the band and the only difference I noticed was that this one was silver with gold inlay.
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Size:  29.9 KBThis is the belt buckle that the ring's design was taken from. Thanks for allowing me a reason to research some of San Quentin's history!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SQKellerman View Post
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Name:	SQ Ring.jpg 
Views:	894 
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ID:	662246This ring was purchased by an employee at San Quentin in the 1980's. There are no markings in the band and the only difference I noticed was that this one was silver with gold inlay.
    Name:  SQ Belt Buckle.jpg
Views: 233
Size:  29.9 KBThis is the belt buckle that the ring's design was taken from. Thanks for allowing me a reason to research some of San Quentin's history!
    Great pictures and info ! Thanks
    Glen
    Always looking for that next ring !!

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    Just wondering who would be the buyer of these souvenir's, I doubt the inmates or their families would want to advertise their situation. So would it be just guards and their families? I could understand if it was closed down, and some kind of historical place. Of course its one of the few places in the US where people are executed, so maybe that is the drawing card.

    Great find, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maipenrai View Post
    Just wondering who would be the buyer of these souvenir's, I doubt the inmates or their families would want to advertise their situation. So would it be just guards and their families? I could understand if it was closed down, and some kind of historical place. Of course its one of the few places in the US where people are executed, so maybe that is the drawing card.
    Tourists. It's a heck of a lot more long lasting than the t-shirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maipenrai View Post
    Just wondering who would be the buyer of these souvenir's, I doubt the inmates or their families would want to advertise their situation. So would it be just guards and their families? I could understand if it was closed down, and some kind of historical place. Of course its one of the few places in the US where people are executed, so maybe that is the drawing card.

    Great find, anyway.
    The rings would have been marketed primarily to San Quentin Staff and visitors. I'm sure that other people would have purchased a ring as a keepsake or souvenir especially for someone who researched San Quentin's historical aspects such as the construction of the prison by inmates at the time, that at one time it was a men and women prison,the murals on the walls painted by the inmates ( Dining Hall mural has already been donated to the Smithsonian institute if San Quentin is to be shut down and demolished),how the inmate hobby program began, and for it being the only prison in the State of California that has an execution chamber just to point out a few!
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