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Mourning jewelry set

2006.44.9.1-.2AB (RS201061)

Description

Demi- parure consisting of a brooch [.1] and pair of earrings [.2ab]. Gold crescent shaped brooch with faceted jet beads and seed pearls and a crescent shaped compartment containing a lock of brown hair, hinged pin and hook on reverse. Gold earrings feature faceted jet bead and seed pearl rosette tops supporting round drop plaques with an inverse heart shaped cut out set with faceted jet beads and seed pearls and a crescent shaped compartment containing a lock of hair.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1825-1840
Inscriptions
Brooch: "J.H.D." Earring B: "R. W. D." Earring C: "B. W. D." (Engraved)
Associated Building
Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.). Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
pearl (animal material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
mourning
mourning jewelry
parures
pearl (animal material)
Set, Jewelry
Dimensions
3/4 x 7/8 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.9.1-.2AB
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
101672
Exhibition Notes
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Reference Notes
For more information on jet jewelry and imitations see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910" v. 2 (1991): 657-709; Cooper, Diana and Norman Battershill, "Victorian Sentimental Jewellery," (1972): 19-30; Dawes, Ginny Reddington and Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 125-130; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 125-126, 254-256; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 94-95.

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