During the eighteenth century mourning rings were given as tokens of the deceased. The estate usually paid for the cost of the rings, and individuals left them to pallbearers, relatives, and clergy. This custom was social rather than religious, and was followed by Jews as well as Christians.
Myer Myers made another very similar mourning ring in the same year for Anna Maria Panet, now in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York and illustrated in Deborah Dependahl Waters, Elegant Plate: Three Centuries of Precious Metals in New York City, Vol. I., cat. no. 46. Two other mourning rings by Myers are illustrated in David Barquist, Myer Myers: Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York, 2001, plates 49-50.
John Stroud (1711-1764) was married to Mary Woodward (1715-1790) from Chester County, Pennsylvania.