American Decorative Arts
Maker: Jacob Hurd, American, 1702–1758
Honorand: Rev. John Rogers, American, 1666–1745

Mourning Ring Honoring Rev. John Rogers

1745

Gold

13/16 in. (2.06 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.4867

The clergy saw firsthand the potent role that gold rings played in mourning, and some became wealthy enough that their families could commission rings of their own. The prolific Boston goldsmith Jacob Hurd supplied this example that memorializes the Reverend John Rogers, pastor of the First Church in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Rogers was part of an intellectual dynasty in New England; his grandfather and son were also pastors, and his father was President of Harvard College.

Geography: 
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Provenance: 

Francis P. Garvan (1875-1937), New York, New York; gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, pp. 132–33, no. 156.

Peter J. Bohan, American Gold, 1700–1860, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1963), 42, no. 101.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 596.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.