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An assortment of coral jewelry of various periods. Demi-parure consisting of brooch and earrings, 1870-1880: girandole style brooch, stylized flower of cabochon cut coral surmount supporting three pear shaped coral drops (one missing), set on gold wire frame, hinged pin and hook on reverse; girandole style earrings, cabochon coral cluster surmount supporting three pear shaped coral drops, set on gold wire frame, later screwback fasteners. Coral buttons, 1840-1860, eight cabochon cut coral buttons with gold loops. Pins, 1905-1915, two gold pins one large and one small, each set with cabochon cut coral, hinged pin with safety fastener.
Unidentified hallmark / "14K" (Stamped)
Title 15 metal buttons Accession Number 1931.378
Title 12 metal buttons Accession Number 1931.379
Title e - Assortment of coral jewelry Accession Number 1936.343 a
Title c - Tortoiseshell brooch and earrings Accession Number 1936.344 a
Possibly Italy, America
2 1/8 in (A); 1 7/16 in (B); 1 7/16 in (C) x 1 1/2 in (A); 3/4 in (B); 3/4 in (C) x 7/8 in (A); 13/16 in (B); 3/4 in (C) (HxWxD), 7/16 in each (E) (diameter) (inches)
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.