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1969.3010.1 (RS196499)

Description

This "French jet" or black glass necklace was once part of a set, with a pair of earrings (only one of which survives, 1969.3010.2A) and a tiara (now gone.) The necklace is made from nine linked stars, each with five points. The stars are individually set in a black-enameled metal bezel. Each star is connected to a small faceted oval set in the same manner with a pair of small metal 'o'rings.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1865-1875
appears in ca. 1875 photograph of Frances Bowdoin Bradlee
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
enamel (fused coating)
glass (material)
metal
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
enamel (fused coating)
glass (material)
metal
necklaces
Set, Jewelry
stars
Accession Number
1969.3010.1
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
101039
Reference Notes
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. For more information on the Codman estate see the entire issue of "Old Time New England" 71, no. 258 (1981).
Related Items
Title Earring Accession number 1969.3010.2A

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