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Bracelet

1998.4924.2 (RS24062)

Description

This bracelet is part of a six piece set of jewelry, or parure, made of steel set with iron pyrite. This bracelet has a central harp design pave-set with iron pyrite, surrouned by pyrite-filled circles to form the large central element. This is flanked by graduated pyrite-filled ovals. The closure is a slide clasp.

Details

Label
The central harp design in this bracelet represents the instrument of Brian Borhomie, the High King of Ireland reputed to have unified regional leaders in the eleventh century. A powerful symbol of Ireland after its exhibition in 1851 at the Crystal Palace, the harp was frequently reproduced in jewelry sets such as this as tourist souvenirs made from the locally-produced iron pyrite crystals often called "Irish diamonds." Other popular Irish motifs included in this set are trefoil shamrock leaves. For more on this type of jewelry and to see a similar set in the Birmingham (UK) Museum of Art, see Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe, Jewellery in the Age of Victoria (2011), 496.
Maker
unknown
Date
1850-1880
Associated Building
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.).
Material
pyrite
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
Bracelet
bracelets (jewelry)
Mica
pyrite
Steel
Dimensions
6.5 x 1.5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1998.4924.2
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
GUSN
23973

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