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1927.303 (RS7024)

Description

Gold and enamel rectangular brooch with rounded corners, center set with blonde hair under beveled glass, hinged pin and hook on reverse.This brooch, most likely made for Lucy Ann (Lane) Norcross, marks the deaths of Otis Norcross Jr (1837-1841) and George L. Norcross (1840-1841). The donor was the youngest son of Lucy and Otis Norcross.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1841
Inscriptions
"Otis Norcross, Jr. / Obt. Dec. 21. 1841. AE 5 Ys / Geo. L. Norcross / Obt. Oct. 16. 1840. AE 10 mo" (Engraved)
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
glass (material)
Pin, Clothing
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
1 3/16 x 1 1/2 x 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1927.303
GUSN
101187
Reference Notes
For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; 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.
Related Items
Title Mourning brooch Accession number 1921.303 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Grenville H. Norcross:
Title Gold watch, chain and key Accession number 1937.297
Title Watch fob Accession number 1937.757
Title Tortoiseshell lorgnette Accession number 1937.738
Title Tortoiseshell watch chain with locket Accession number 1937.739
Title Tortoiseshell watch chain with locket Accession number 1937.740
Title Tortoiseshell cuff buttons Accession number 1937.741 ab
Title Watch fob Accession number 1937.743
Title Miniature pendant Accession number 1937.745
Title Ivory brooch Accession number 1937.779
Title Gold watch chain Accession number 1940.17

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