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Centering a glass compartment containing woven brown hair, surrounded by round faceted black stones (probably jet), reverse inscribed, joined to a slightly tapering gold band.


"John Adams / Born 19 Octr 1735 / Obt. 4 July 1826" and "J.Q. Adams to W.N. Boylston"


Given to Ward Nicholas Boylston by John Quincy Adams upon the death of John Adams; descended in the Boylston family to Barbara Boylston Bean by 1976; to MFA September 8, 1976, bequest.

Credit Line

Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean

American, about 1826

Object Place for Label

Probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Object Place

Probably Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Height x width: 7/16 x 9/16 in., 2.2 cm (1.1 x 1.5 cm, 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold; hair, jet




Jewelry / Adornment, Rings