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1969.3004 (RS204075)

Description

This gold brooch in the shape of a winged basilisk impaled on a sword is set with seed pearls on the handle. The basilisk's eye is a round cabochon amethyst or garnet. The brooch has a hinged pin closure and chatelaine hook on the reverse. The brooch was in a retailer's marked box.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Riker Bros. (Manufacturer)
A. Stowell & Company, Inc. (Retailer)
Date
1890-1900
Location of origin
Newark, New Jersey
Associated Building
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
amethyst (mineral)
freshwater pearl
gold (metal)
Object type
Adornment
Places
New Jersey (United States)
Newark (Essex county, New Jersey)
Descriptive terms
Brooch
brooches
freshwater pearl
gold (metal)
pins (jewelry)
Possibly amethyst (mineral)
Dimensions
1 1/4 x 1 3/8 x 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.3004
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
102162
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.
Reference Notes
For a similar brooch also see "The Magazine Antiques" April 1997.

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