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Mourning bracelet clasp for John and Lydia Hancock

Two women are flanking an ivory obelisk upon which is written IN / DEATH / LAMENT / ED AS IN/ LIFE / BELOVED. An angel flies above with a trumpet. The ground is composed of chopped hair. There are several seed pearl accents with some loose. The scene is framed by two narrow bands of blue and...

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Inscription

Rev: HIS EXELy. I. HANCOCK ESQr: OBt: 8 OCTr. 1793 AEt. 57. / MADm. L. HANCOCK OB. 25 APRIL 1776 AEt: 61

Provenance

About 1793, family of John and Lydia Hancock. In the collection of William B Wood by 1945; to Charles H Wood 1945, bequest; to MFA December 11, 1985, gift.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Charles H. Wood

American, about 1793

Object Place for Label

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Accession Number

1985.1026

Medium or Technique

Gold; watercolor on ivory, hair

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets