Prayer Beads

These prayer beads were used by John Brenton Copp during the early late 19th century. The six wooden beads on a silk skein beads were made in Jerusalem around 1800. While often associated with the Catholic rosary, prayer beads have a long history across religions to help adherents focus on their prayers.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
beads, prayer
date made
ca 1800
overall: 3/8 in x 1 in x 1 3/4 in; .9525 cm x 2.54 cm x 4.445 cm
place made
Yisra'el: Yerushalayim, Meẖz, Jerusalem
place used
United States: New England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp

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