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Mourning band

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Mourning band for George Washington (d. 12/14/1799), white ribbon with painted design of urn inscribed "GW" in wreath, edged with black silk and covered with black silk crepe

Inscription

Written in ink of fabric label sewn to object: "Mourning Badge for George Washington. G.W. on urn. Probably worn by Wm. H. Sumner [1780-1861] 1799, son of Gov. [Increase] Sumner [1746-6/7/1799]"

Provenance

Inherited by Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent

American, 1799

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

31.5 x 7 cm (12 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

49.1012

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (ribbon and crepe), ink

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes