Mourning ring

about 1767
Daniel Henchman (American, 1730–1775)


Object Place: Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 317

Dimensions

Other (Overall): 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

64.858

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Rings

Gold death’s head (very worn). (from card)

Inscription

"N HENCHMAN Esqr ob.30.May 1767 AE: 39" engraved in semi-script inside. (from card)

Provenance

Buhler Entry: Nathaniel first son of Rev. Nathaniel Henchman, born 1728, Harvard College class of 1747. A practicing physician and Justice of the Peace. Married Margaret Mansfield 1750/ I. Boston News-letter, June 4, 1767: "A Gentleman, whose superior Abilities, render'd him not only very useful to Mankind, but greatly endear'd him to all his friends in Life, and universally lamented in Death."

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