Gold mourning ring

about 1751
John Coburn (American, 1724–1803)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 276

Dimensions

Other (Overall): 2.2cm (7/8in.)

Accession Number

64.862

Medium or Technique

Gold; clearstone or glass, enamel

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Rings

Elliptical beveled glass over a painted skull in rayed mount held in forked scroll ends of band with center bar on which a smaller glass chip is mounted (missing at one end). Hoop of three scrolled panels.

Inscription

"T:BARTON: / ESQ OB APR / 28:1761 AE.71" in black enamel, lettered scrolls. (from card)

Markings

Unmarked

Provenance

Buhler Entry: Thomas Barton (d. 1751); descended in the family to Martha Codman Karolik.

Collection of Martha P. Rogers Codman; inherited by her daughter Martha Catherine Codman Karolik; collection of Maxim Karolik by 1964; to MFA June 8, 1964, bequest.

Credit Line

Bequest of Maxim Karolik