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Pair of Earrings

1930.19AB (RS7227)

Description

Each earring in this pair is composed of tableworked blonde human hair. Each earring top is a hollow ball with a floral gold mount and a suspension ring at the base, from which hangs an acorn-shaped drop with a gold pin and gold disc mount at the base. One drop is missing its gold base mount. The earrings attach with gold s-shaped ear wires.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1880
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Earring
earrings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
human hair
Accession Number
1930.19AB
GUSN
101315
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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Title Tortoiseshell cameo studs Accession number 1930.16 ab
Title Intaglio Accession number 1930.17 ab
Title Hair brooch Accession number 1930.18
Title Hair earrings Accession number 1930.19 ab
Title Coral brooch Accession number 1930.20
Title Cameo fob Accession number 1930.21
Title Cameo studs Accession number 1930.22 ab
Title Coral pin Accession number 1930.136
Title Coral earrings Accession number 1930.137 ab
Title Tortoiseshell lorgnette Accession number 1937.1307

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