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Memorial Brooch

1922.1019 (RS6814)

Description

Gold rectangular brooch with rounded corners, center set with intertwined gray and brown hair under glass and surrounded by a row of seed pearls, engraved on reverse, hinged pin and hook is a later addition.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1820
Inscriptions
"G. W. / C. S." (Engraved)
Location of origin
American
Material
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
pearl (animal material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
mourning jewelry
pearl (animal material)
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
1/2 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
1922.1019
GUSN
101199
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
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.

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