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1927.493 (RS7032)

Description

Gold oval locket with two twisted coils of brown table-worked hair applied to edge, center set with a painting and hairwork on ivory of a mourning plinth under a weeping willow tree, hinged pin and hook on reverse.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1880
Inscriptions
"A. F. Riggs" (Engraved)
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
glass (material)
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
1 9/16 x 1 7/8 x 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1927.493
GUSN
101372
Reference Notes
Pictured in Sage, Adrienne, "Wealth, Style and Sentiment," Historic New England (Winter/Spring 2005): 6. A brooch with a similar memorial scene and hair frame is pictured in the facsimile of the A. Bernhard & Co. catalog reprinted in Bell, C. Jeannenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998): 237. 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 Pair of gold brooches Accession number 1927.492 ab Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Mrs. Clara J. (Damon) Perkins:
Title Portrait brooch Accession number 1927.493

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