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Ring with miniature portrait of George Washington

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An eighteenth-century mourning ring with the contents removed and replaced at a later time with a small miniature portrait of George Washington. The image of Washington appears to derive from John Trumbull's Battle of Trenton.


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


Overall: 2.5 x 2.5 x 3.2 cm (1 x 1 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, ivory, glass




Jewelry / Adornment, Rings