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Mourning Ring for Josiah Williams

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"

Marks

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).

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Franklin Greene Balch

1772

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Accession Number

49.60

Medium or Technique

Gold, glass, enamel, ink on paper

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings