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Ring with miniature portrait of Benjamin Franklin

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An eighteenth century mourning ring with its contents removed and replaced at a later time by a small miniature portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

Provenance

Until 1874, probably Gardner Brewer (b. 1806 - d. 1874), Boston; probably by descent to his daughter, Caroline Abigail Brewer (Mrs. Arthur) Croft (d. 1898), Boston; 1901, bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection

probably 1855–74

Object Place for Label

United States

Object Place

United States

Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 1.9 x 3 cm (7/8 x 3/4 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

01.6588

Medium or Technique

Gold, painted ivory, enamel, glass

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings