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1998.4924.5 (RS24062)

Description

This brooch is part of a six piece set, or parure, of jewelry made from steel pave-set with iron pyrite. A vertical frond, similar to a fern or other leafy branch, stands at the center of a laurel wreath.

Details

Label
Jewelry sets such as this were 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
Places
Ireland (British Isles, Europe) [island]
Descriptive terms
Brooch
Mica
pins (fasteners)
pins (jewelry)
pyrite
Steel
Dimensions
1.875 x 1.875 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1998.4924.5
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
GUSN
23976

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