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1937.1370 (RS7674)

Description

Tortoiseshell watch chain with large oval links and attached tortoiseshell locket with interlocking initials "ON" applied to the front, inside contains two empty compartments with glass bezels.The donor's father, Otis Norcross, most likely owned and wore this watch chain. Otis Norcross served as Boston's 19th Mayor from 1867 to 1868 after amassing a significant sum running a successful pottery business.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1860-1880
Inscriptions
"ON" (Applied tortoiseshell)
Object type
Personal Gear; Personal Carrying & Storage Gear
Descriptive terms
accessories
Chain, Watch
watches
Dimensions
1 5/8 x 9/16 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1937.1370
Credit Line
Estate of Grenville H. Norcross
GUSN
102003
Reference Notes
For more information on tortoiseshell jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 259-263; Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 132-138; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 223-227; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 114-115.
Related Items
Title Mourning brooch Accession number 1921.303 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Grenville H. Norcross:
Title Gold watch, chain and key Accession number 1937.297
Title Watch fob Accession number 1937.757
Title Tortoiseshell lorgnette Accession number 1937.738
Title Tortoiseshell watch chain with locket Accession number 1937.739
Title Tortoiseshell watch chain with locket Accession number 1937.740
Title Tortoiseshell cuff buttons Accession number 1937.741 ab
Title Watch fob Accession number 1937.743
Title Miniature pendant Accession number 1937.745
Title Ivory brooch Accession number 1937.779
Title Gold watch chain Accession number 1940.17

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