Mourning pendant brooch

American
1792


Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dimensions

Overall: 5.7 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm (2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2006.418

Medium or Technique

Gold, watercolor on ivory, hair, glass

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

Mourning brooch, gold setting, scene of woman standing next to plinth with two urns inscribed WM and TM, raising her arms to two cherubs in the clouds. Case by Parry & Musgrave, goldsmiths, Philadelphia. Hair work by “J. Boone, hair worker”, Philadelphia. The mother shown is Ruth McConnell of Huntington, Pennsylvania.

Inscription

On back of case: "In Memory of / T. M. McC. / Aged six years & three months / and / W. H. McC. / aged 2 years & 10 months" with bright-cut border. Inscribed inside back case cover: "Made by Parry & Musgrave, Philadelphia, Sept. 13th, 1792." Backing the ivory panel is the partial label of "J. Boone, hair worker, 33 South St., Philada."

Provenance

Unknown date, found in central Pennsylvania; to Paul Madden, Nantucket, Massachusetts; 1984, sold at auction by Robert W. Skinner, Bolton, Massachusetts (October 26, 1984, sale 1000, lot 240); to Stephen Score, Essex, Massachusetts; purchased by Daphne Farago, Little Compton, Rhode Island; 2006, gift of Daphne Farago to the MFA (Accession date: January 25, 2006).

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection