Collection Type

  • Jewelry


ca. 1870




Oval chalcedony cameo brooch in gold mount, depicts woman in profile in classical costume with a garland of roses in hair, row of applied alternating scrolls and diamonds around edge of cameo, applied loop and scrolls at top, hinged pin and hook on reverse.


Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
gold (metal)


"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": For her 1871 wedding to Frank Mason Burrough, Elizabeth Fairbrother wore orange blossoms in her hair, sewn to her dress, and as earrings. A beautifully carved chalcedony cameo was part of her wedding jewelry.

Additional Identification Number



Shreve, Crump & Low (Retailer)

Location of Origin

Boston; Italy


2 x 1 1/2 x 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Hannah May Burrough Freeman

Accession Number


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. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at

Reference Notes

Pictured in Brierley, Sarah, "With this Ring I Thee Wed," Historic New England, Fall (2007): 15. For information on cameos see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 215-232; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 227-236; Miller, Anna M. "Cameos Old & New," 3rd Edition (2005).



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