Mourning pendant brooch

Rowland Parry (American, active about 1790–1796), James Musgrave (American, active 1792 to about 1813)

Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, watercolor on ivory, hair, glass

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Americas, Jewelry



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.


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."


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