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1925.221 (RS6938)

Description

This oval onyx cameo brooch is part of a set with a pair of earrings (1925.222AB). The cameo depicts a classically dressed female in profile wearing a necklace and and earrings. The cameo is set in a gold cannetille border. The brooch closes with a hinged pin and hook on the reverse. The brooch could be suspended as a pendant with an applied, hinged circular loop on the reverse top edge.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1860-1870
Inscriptions
"B..." [letters after B are undistinguishable] (Scratch mark)
Material
gold (metal)
onyx (mineral)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
gold (metal)
onyx (mineral)
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
2 x 1 1/2 x 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1925.221
GUSN
100721
Reference Notes
Pictured in Sage, Adrienne, "Wealth, Style and Sentiment," Historic New England (Winter/Spring 2005): 7. For cameo history see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 215-332; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 227-236; Miller, Anna M. "Cameos Old & New," 3rd Edition (2005).
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