Egberts Mourning Locket

Possibly Ezra Ames (1768–1836)
Date: c. 1800
Medium: Watercolor
Dimensions: 3 1/2 H x 2 3/8 W
Materials: Watercolor on ivory, human hair, gold
Inscribed on monument: B. Egberts, died 19th/Sep: 1795 Æ: 54 Y. 3 M./A. Egberts, died 30th/Oct: 1797 Æ: 54 Y./6 M.
Credit: Gift of the estate of Miss Evelyn Newman
Accession Number: 1964.31.50
Benjamin Egberts (1741–1795) and Abraham Egberts (1743–1797), he sons of Egbert B. Egberts (1711–1771), an Albany merchant, and his wife, Maria Lents (d. 1784), are memorialized on this locket, probably painted by Albany artist Ezra Ames soon after Abraham's death. Both Benjamin and Abraham were veterans of the American Revolutionary War.