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Each earring in this pair is composed of a piece of polished branch coral mounted on a gold pin. The earrings attach with gold wire loops set at the top of coral branch. The earrings form part of a set with brooch 1930.136.
Title Tortoiseshell chain and locket Accession Number 1930.15
Title Tortoiseshell cameo studs Accession Number 1930.16 ab
Title Intaglio Accession Number 1930.17 ab
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1930.18
Title Hair earrings Accession Number 1930.19 ab
Title Coral brooch Accession Number 1930.20
Title Cameo fob Accession Number 1930.21
Title Cameo studs Accession Number 1930.22 ab
Title Coral pin Accession Number 1930.136
Title Coral earrings Accession Number 1930.137 ab
Title Tortoiseshell lorgnette Accession Number 1937.1307
1 1/4 x 5/8 x 9/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
"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.
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.