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Cameo Brooch

1940.452 (RS7764)

Description

Oval shell cameo brooch in gold mount, depicts a bacchante (Roman) or maenad (Greek) in profile dressed in a fox skin with grape clusters in hair, stamped and engraved gold mount with scroll design, hinged pin and hook on reverse. Original paper box with inscription of owner's name and jeweler [See Inscriptions]

Details

Maker
Robbins, Clark & Biddle
Date
1844
noted on original box
Inscriptions
"1844/Mrs. Francis Henry Gray (Hedwiga Regina Shober)" (in ink, handwritten, lid of original box for brooch)
"Robbins, Clark & Biddle/Jewelers/No. 1124 Chestnut Str./Philada" (Printed label center of box lid, box original to brooch)
"Lizzie's cameo/HRG given to her by/ Wm [or Mr?] Adams/1844 Hope Gray" (handwritten in pencil on back of original box for brooch)
Material
conch (shell)
gold alloy
Object type
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
Descriptive terms
Brooch
conch (shell)
gold alloy
Pin, Clothing
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
2 x 2 1/4 x 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1940.452
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Hope Gray
GUSN
100699
Reference Notes
For information on cameos see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 215-232; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 227-236; Miller, Anna M. "Cameos Old & New," 3rd Edition (2005).
Related Items
Title Pocket piece Accession number 1940.447 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Miss Hope Gray:
Title Pocket piece Accession number 1940.448
Title Paste pin Accession number 1940.449
Title Past pin Accession number 1940.450
Title Gold watch Accession number 1940.451
Title Cameo brooch Accession number 1940.452
Title Mosaic pin Accession number 1940.453
Title Mosaic pin Accession number 1940.454
Title c - Silver dress comb Accession number 1940.455 a
Title Plate of carved tortoise shell Accession number 1940.456
Title Pair of cuff studs Accession number 1940.468 ab
Title 5 detachable buttons on one card Accession number 1940.469
Title 3 tiny brass button Accession number 1940.470
Title Pair of mosaic studs Accession number 1940.471
Title Gold watch chain Accession number 1940.472
Title Gold ring Accession number 1940.473
Title Seal Accession number 1940.474
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1940.475
Title Glass seal Accession number 1940.476
Title Glass seal Accession number 1940.477
Title Glass seal Accession number 1940.478
Title Glass seal Accession number 1940.479
Title White glass seal Accession number 1940.480
Title Wedgwood seal Accession number 1940.481
Title Seal in gold mount Accession number 1940.482
Accession number 1940.484 Large gold thimble
Title c - Gold brooch and pair of earrings Accession number 1940.486 a
Title Pair enamel bracelets Accession number 1940.487 ab
Title Pair of paste buckles Accession number 1940.489 ab
Title Pair of paste buckles Accession number 1940.490 ab
Title c - Gold watch Accession number 1940.491 a
Title Gold locket Accession number 1940.492
Title small gold locket Accession number 1940.493
Title Hair ring Accession number 1940.496
Title Gold and black enamel ring Accession number 1940.497
Title Gold locket with hair Accession number 1940.498
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1940.499
Title Gold watch Accession number 1940.500
Title Hair ring Accession number 1940.501
Title Brooch Accession number 1940.502
Title Gold link bracelet Accession number 1940.503
Title Chameleon ring Accession number 1940.505
Title Ivory brooch Accession number 1940.506
Title Metal brooch Accession number 1940.507
Title Breast pin Accession number 1940.508
Title Breast pin Accession number 1940.509
Title Pair of ornaments Accession number 1940.510
Title Mosaic pendant Accession number 1940.511
Title Pair of lady's studs Accession number 1940.512 ab
Title Gold studs Accession number 1940.513 ab
Title Gold studs Accession number 1940.514 ab

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