Return to Tradition of Mourning Jewelry
This rococo style ring befits the mourning of an important and wealthy man—Capt. John Crowninshield (1696-1761) of Salem, Mass.
Fashioned from gold, it includes silver settings for the side stones. All of the stones are crystal, and the center oval stone as well as the two round side stones are elaborately and symmetrically faceted in a cut known as “old brilliant[.]” The shoulders, which connect the stones to the scrolled band, use curving, asymmetrical lines. The band is divided into three sections, broken up by diagonal gold lines. The dedication reads, “J.CROWNINSHIELD OB.25.MAY 1761.Æ.65[.]” Though there is no maker’s mark, family tradition associates it with Paul Revere of Boston. Most likely Revere imported the ring from England but personalized and finished it for Crowninshield’s funeral.