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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.
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.
Title Gold Watch Accession Number 1925.212
Title Gold Watch Accession Number 1925.213
Title Gold Watch Accession Number 1925.214
Title Gold Brooch Accession Number 1925.215
Title Gold Earrings Accession Number 1925.216
Title Gold Brooch Accession Number 1925.217
Title Gold Earrings Accession Number 1925.218
Title Cameo Accession Number 1925.219
Title Cameo Brooch Accession Number 1925.220
Title Cameo Brooch Accession Number 1925.221
Title Earrings Accession Number 1925.222
Title Orange blossom head dress and earrings Accession Number 1925.232
Title Japanese chain with Ivory Pendant Accession Number 1925.244
Title Bead Necklace Accession Number 1925.594
Title Pair of Bracelets Accession Number 1925.879
Title Cameo Brooch Accession Number 1933.1462 ab
Title Gold Bead Necklace Accession Number 1933.1464
Title Gold eyeglass case Accession Number 1933.1469
Title Pair of Jet and Gold Bracelets Accession Number 1933.1470 ab
Title Gold charm Accession Number 1933.1478
Shreve, Crump & Low (Retailer)
2 x 1 1/2 x 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Hannah May Burrough Freeman
"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 www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
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).