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1969.3049 (RS196500)

Description

This necklace is made from Berlin iron in the shape of an elaborately cast and lacquered cross with foliate trefoil shaped arms and a quatrefoil rosette in the center. The cross hangs from a "box chain" design of woven ring mail.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1830-1850
Location of origin
Europe
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
enamel (fused coating)
iron (metal)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
casting (process)
enamel (fused coating)
Gothic Revival
iron (metal)
Necklace
necklaces
Dimensions
3/8 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.3049
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
100798
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Reference Notes
For more information on Berlin Iron jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 698-702; Dawes, Ginny Redington and Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 110-114; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995); 257; Newman, Harold, "Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry," (1981): 37; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 72-73. For more information on the Codman estate see the entire issue of "Old Time New England" 71, no. 258 (1981).

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