Mourning ring

1783
Designed by Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 0.3 x 2.2 cm (1/8 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2011.206

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Prudence S. and William M. Crozier, Jr. Gallery (Gallery 121)

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Rings

Plain gold band with rounded exterior and flat interior. Inscription and mark on interior.

Inscription

Engraved on interior of ring: "Rev'd Saml. Dunbar ob June 15, 1783 AE 78"

Markings

Stamped: "PR" in script in a rectangle (Kane mark F)

Provenance

Made for the funeral of the Reverend Samuel Dunbar (1704-1783), Canton, Massachusetts; recorded in Paul Revere, Jr.'s day book in 1783; April 9, 2011, Eldred's auction, Americana and Paintings sale, lot 721, sold to the MFA, Boston. (Accession date: May 25, 2011)

Credit Line

Marion E. Davis Fund and H.E. Bolles Fund