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Memorial Brooch

1971.338 (RS8440)

Description

This circular brooch is set with pale-colored human hair under glass. The center is surrounded by a border of seed pearls set in a gold mount.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1797
Inscriptions
"I J / to / S M / 1797" (Engraved)
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
5/16 (D), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.338
GUSN
101874
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. For more information on mourning jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 657-710; Deutsch, Davida Tenebaum, "Jewelry for mourning, love, and fancy, 1770-1830," "The Magazine Antiques" (April 1999): 566-575; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 23-31.
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