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This webpage reproduces an appendix to
The History of West Point

William F. H. Godson

Philadelphia, 1934

The text is in the public domain.

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Appendix B
This site is not affiliated with the US Military Academy.

 p81  Appendix A

(Placard in the U. S. M. A. Library)

"Class rings in the United States were first used at West Point as far as can be ascertained.

The earliest of which we have any knowledge . . . were made by Black, Ball & Black (now Black, Starr, and Frost).

The library has records showing by what firm the class rings were made since 1837.

Towards the end of the last century the use of class rings began in colleges. Many colleges now use class rings copied more or less closely from those of West Point."

(There is a display of rings including: 1841, 1857, 1871, and a seal from a ring of 1835.)

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