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Pair of Earrings

1981.27.1-2 (RS8487)

Description

Pair of faceted jet bead earrings set in gold, surmounts consist of rosettes of faceted jet, support detachable pendants with nine-point cluster of faceted jet, center set with basket weave brown hair under glass, gold hinged ear fasteners.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1820-1840
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
EARRING
earrings (jewelry)
glass (material)
Dimensions
7/8 in (1); 7/8 in (2) (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1981.27.1-2
GUSN
101022
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.
Reference Notes
An almost identical pair of earrings are illustrated in Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): Plate 107, 166. For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219. For more information on jet jewelry and imitations see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910" v. 2 (1991): 657-709; Cooper, Diana and Norman Battershill, "Victorian Sentimental Jewellery," (1972): 19-30; Dawes, Ginny Reddington and Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 125-130; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 125-126, 254-256; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 94-95.
Related Items
Notes An almost identical pair of earrings is in the collection of the MFA, Boston (28.280). See accession file for further information on these earrings.

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