An eighteenth century mourning ring with the contents removed and replaced at a later time with miniature portrait of James K. Polk. The image of Polk appears to derive from the last daguerreotype done of him, completed by Matthew Brady around 1848-49 and widely published.
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)
Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection