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This double-strand red branch coral necklace closes with a chased rococo gold tongue and groove clasp.
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Mehitabel Bangs from Brewster, Massachusetts, received this coral necklace inscribed with her name, most likely as a gift from her parents in the 1840s.
"M. Bangs" (Engraved)
Title Metal bouquet holder Accession Number 1916.69
Title Coral Necklace Accession Number 1920.729
Title Breast Pin Accession Number 1922.224
Title Hair Ornaments Accession Number 1933.1192
Title gold ring in box Accession Number 1933.1204 ab
Title Silver bouquet holder Accession Number 1933.1360
Title Gutta-percha Bracelet Accession Number 1933.1361
Title Tortoiseshell Cuff Links Accession Number 1933.1367 ab
Title Celluloid Comb Accession Number 1933.1663
Title Accession Number Lent by Miss Caroline A. Leighton:
Title Dyed ivory hair comb Accession Number 88.1923
1/2 x 1/4 (WxD) (inches)
Gift of Caroline A. Leighton
Pictured in Solz, Julie A. "Caring for your Fine and Antique Jewelry," Historic New England, Winter/Spring 2005, p. 8. For more information on coral jewelry see Bennett, David and Daniela Mascetti, "Understanding Jewellery," (1989): 105; Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v.1 (1991): 238-244; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 122-123, 237-239; Gere, Charlotte, "American and European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 86-87.