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Coral Pendant

1930.169 (RS7210)

Description

Carved coral hand pendant holding a ring with eleven coral fobs of various shapes and objects, wrist features a gold bracelet studded with a turquoise bead.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1845-1865
Location of origin
Italy
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
PENDANT
pendants (jewelry)
Dimensions
1 1/4 in (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1930.169
GUSN
100768
Reference Notes
A similar coral hand pendant on a coral link chain bracelet is pictured in Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): color plate 137. For more information on coral jewelry see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989): 105; Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v.1 (1991): 238-244; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 122-123, 237-239; Gere, Charlotte, "American and European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 86-87. For history of the Mason family see Winthrop, Robert C., Jr. "Memoir of Robert Means Mason," Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society. XVIII, 1881, 302-317 and Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," (2003).
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Title Set of vest buttons Accession number 1930.160 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Miss Ellen F. Mason:
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Title Gold brooch Accession number 1930.162
Title Mother of pearl locket Accession number 1930.163
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1930.165
Title Pair of ivory brooches Accession number 1930.168
Title Coral pendant Accession number 1930.169
Title Coral bracelet Accession number 1930.170
Title Hair brooch Accession number 1930.171
Title Cross brooch Accession number 1930.172
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.173
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.174
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.175
Title Silver pendant Accession number 1930.176
Title Cameo bracelet Accession number 1930.177
Title Cameo pin Accession number 1930.178
Title Cameo earrings Accession number 1930.179
Title Photograph of Mrs. Robert Means Mason (donated by Miss Clara B. Winthrop) Accession number 1930.1188

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