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Pair of Earrings

1933.1693.1AB (RS8108)

Description

Each earring in this pair is composed of graduated multi-layer clusters of seed pearl rosettes, with a large central pearl, set on a mother-of-pearl plaque and held in place with white horsehair. The earrings attach with gold ear wires. In fitted black horseshoe shaped leather box (1933.1693.2) with matching brooch 1933.1694.

Details

Maker
Tiffany & Co. (Retailer)
Date
ca. 1860
Location of origin
Possibly New York, NY
Material
freshwater pearl
gold (metal)
horsehair
mother of pearl
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Earring
earrings (jewelry)
freshwater pearl
gold (metal)
horsehair
mother of pearl
Dimensions
11/16 x 7/16 (WxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1933.1693.1AB
GUSN
101000
Reference Notes
For more information on pearls see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 254-259; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 108-111, 209-213.
Related Items
Title Coral Brooch Accession number 1933.1692 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Miss Helen B. Gilman:
Title b - Pair of seed pearl earrings Accession number 1933.1693 a
Title Seed pearl pin Accession number 1933.1694
Title Red velvet jewel case Accession number 1933.1695
Title Wood earrings Accession number 1933.1705 ab
Title Pair of tortoiseshell studs Accession number 1933.1706 ab
Title Pair of vulcanite bracelets Accession number 1933.1707 ab
Title Vulcanite locket Accession number 1933.1708
Title Box Accession number 1933.1693.2

Comments

Tiffany Seed Pearl Jewelry #

AvatarPosted by Annamarie Sandecki on January 18, 2013
For additional information on the history of seed pearl jewelry at Tiffany see the exhibition catalog "Bejewelled by Tiffany" p. 170, catalog entry 49. There are several related objects in the Tiffany & Co. Archives