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Memorial Brooch

1971.334 (RS8439)

Description

This circular gold brooch is set with pale-colored human hair in a basket-weave pattern. The hair is set under glass and bound with a plain gold mount.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1798
Inscriptions
"Josiah Quincy jr / OB t 13th April 1775 AE 31 / Abigail Quincy OB t 25th March 1798 AE 53 / J.Q. to E.G." (Engraved)
Material
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
mourning jewelry
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
3/16 (D), 1 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.334
GUSN
101875
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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