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Description

Gold rectangular eight-sided mourning brooch with concentric framed designs forming the top of the brooch. The outer-most edge is engraved with scrolling floral designs on the rim, which folds over the top of the brooch to seal the hair contents within. It ends in an ogee scroll that overlays a black enamelled surface. Set into the enamel is an oval crystal that encloses a braid of blonde hair. The crystal is framed in gold decorated with a floral pattern. The brooch closes on the back with a hinged pin that sits into an open C catch. It is inscribed on the back with a memorial date and name. See Inscriptions field

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1830-1860
Inscriptions
"E.L.C. Colman" in script (Engraved)
Associated Building
Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
crystal (lead glass)
enamel (fused coating)
gold (metal)
hair
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
crystal (lead glass)
enamel (fused coating)
gold (metal)
hair
Pin
pins (fasteners)
pins (jewelry)
Dimensions
1.5 (W) (inches)
Accession Number
1985.553
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman
GUSN
50502

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