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Memorial Brooch

2006.44.7 (RS9180)

Description

This oval-shaped brooch is set with a braided knot of human hair under glass. The center is surrounded by a border of drop-shaped faceted jet set in gold mounts. Suspended from the center base of the oval on a thin gold link chainis a pendant tableworked hair cross with gold mounts.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1869
Inscriptions
On brooch: "J.H.D./Feb 8th 1869." On note one: "Breast him/ with my father/ Hair & Grey cross/ of mothers Hair/ MD Phillips" On note two with one brown and one clear stone: "Not to be set" (engrave and cursive)
Location of origin
American[use]
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
mourning
mourning jewelry
pins (jewelry)
People and organizations
Duncan, James Henry, 1793-1869
Dimensions
1 3/8 x 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.7
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
101742

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