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Oval bogwood brooch depicting "Drian" Castle within a leaf frame, metal pin and hook fastener (pin missing).
A frequent choice for mourning jewelry because of its dense, dark color, oak preserved in the bogs of Ireland was also used for tourist souvenirs. This brooch depicts an idealized castle. The same scene was also available in bracelets and earrings.
Title Irish Bogwood Brooch Accession Number 1933.1618
Title Irish Moss Brooch Accession Number 1933.1619
Title Scotch stone brooch Accession Number 1933.1620
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1933.1621
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
1 7/8 x 2 5/16 x 5/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
An identical brooch is illustrated in Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): Color Plate 130, 224. For information on Irish Bogwood jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 532-537; Dawes, Ginny Reddington and Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 131; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 253-255.