Pair of Historically Important American Mourning Bracelets

Pair of Historically Important American Mourning Bracelets

These beautifully preserved gold, hair and paste bracelets are engraved in memory of “Rev. Wm. Walter D.D. Obt. 5 Dec. 1800, aet. 63” and his wife “Lydia Walter, Obt. 25 Sept. 1798 aet. 57”

Rev. Walter was Rector of Trinity Church, Boston before the revolution. He married Lydia Lynde of Salem in 1766. Her portrait, by John Singleton Copley, is now in the New Britain Museum of Art. Rev. Walter is recorded as being a “zealous supporter of the church and crown”. ┬áThat support of the crown caused him to spend the war years in England. He returned to Boston after the war and served as Rector of Christ Church until his death in 1800.

These bracelets display the initials “LW” and “WW” in tiny seed pearls.

Boston, 1800 c.H: 7.25"Reference number: 26681