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Mourning ring for Edward Blake

Centering a domed glass compartment containing braided hair, surrounded by seed pearls and faceted black stones (probably jet), engraved on reverse, open shoulders with foliate motifs joined to plain gold shank.

Inscription

"E Blake / Obt Ap'l. 24 AE / 81"

Provenance

Collection of Miss Julia B. Farrington by 1948; to MFA February 12, 1948, gift. "Edward Blake's Tomb is on Boston Common- no 19 or 20. He was a merchant whose ships plied between Boston and London" from handwritten note by Julia Blake Farrington. (from object file)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Julia B. Farrington

1824

Accession Number

48.234

Medium or Technique

Gold; hair, jet

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings