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Memorial Brooch

1966.2271 (RS8180)

Description

This navette-shaped mourning brooch made from an ivory plaque set under glass and surrounded by cut pastes in a silver border, depicts two doves perched on a flat-topped column. The brooch closes with a hinged pin and hook on reverse.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1780-1810
Associated Building
Original to Merwin House (Stockbridge, Mass.).
Material
glass (material)
ivory (tooth component)
silver (metal)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
glass (material)
ivory (tooth component)
memorial columns
pins (jewelry)
silver (metal)
Accession Number
1966.2271
Credit Line
Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin
GUSN
101103
Reference Notes
For more information on mourning jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 657-710; Deutsch, Davida Tenebaum, "Jewelry for mourning, love, and fancy, 1770-1830," "The Magazine Antiques" (April 1999): 566-575; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 23-31.

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