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Mourning ring for Josiah Williams

1772


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 2 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.60

Medium or Technique

Gold, glass, enamel, ink on paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Rings

Gold ring with enameled inscription on band, set with a coffin-shaped piece of glass placed over a paper image of a skeleton.

Inscription

"JOSIAH WILLIAMS Ob 15 Aug 1772 Ae 25"

Markings

Unmarked.

Provenance

1772, received as a gift by Jane (Franklin) Mecom (1712-1794) at the funeral of her cousin Josiah Williams (1747-1772); 1794, bequest of Jane Mecom to her granddaughter, Sally Greene (1778-1795); by 1795, to Sally Greene's brother Franklin Greene (1780-1841); thence by descent to Franklin Greene Balch (1864-1958), the donor [1]. By 1949, collection of Franklin Greene Balch; to MFA February 10, 1949, gift.

1. Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Benjamin Franklin's Sister (New York: Knopf, 2012), 414..

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Franklin Greene Balch