American Decorative Arts
Honorand: Anna Foxcroft Rogers, American, 1723–1770

Mourning Ring Honoring Anna Rogers

1770

Gold

W. 1/8 × Diam. 3/4 in. (0.3 × 1.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.4873

Death’s-heads—skulls flanked by wings or swirls of foliage—appear on rings, gravestones, and other funereal objects as vivid symbols of mortality. This death’s-head ring commemorates Anna Rogers of Exeter, New Hampshire. Her husband, father, and father-in-law were ministers who would have been familiar with the tradition of marking deaths with gold rings. Rogers’s grandfather was John Coney, the leading silversmith working in Boston at the turn of the eighteenth century.

Geography: 
Made in New England
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Provenance: 

Francis P. Garvan (1875-1937), New York, New York; gift 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, p. 311, no. 529.

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