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Mourning pendant brooch

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Mourning brooch, gold setting, scene of woman standing next to plinth with two urns inscribed WM and TM, raising her arms to two cherubs in the clouds. Case by Parry & Musgrave, goldsmiths, Philadelphia. Hair work by "J. Boone, hair worker", Philadelphia. The mother shown is Ruth McConnell of...

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Inscription

On back of case: "In Memory of / T. M. McC. / Aged six years & three months / and / W. H. McC. / aged 2 years & 10 months" with bright-cut border. Inscribed inside back case cover: "Made by Parry & Musgrave, Philadelphia, Sept. 13th, 1792." Backing the ivory panel is the partial label of "J. Boone, hair worker, 33 South St., Philada."

Provenance

Found in central Pennsylvania. Paul Madden, Nantucket, Massachusetts; Robert W. Skinner, Bolton Massachusetts, sale 100 (October 26, 1984), lot 240; Stephen Score, Essex, Massachusetts. Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection

American, 1792

Object Place for Label

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Object Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dimensions

Overall: 5.7 x 4.8 x 1.3 cm (2 1/4 x 1 7/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2006.418

Medium or Technique

Gold, watercolor on ivory, hair, glass

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches