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Each earring in this pair is composed of two vertically oriented, concentric, tortoise shell rings. The outer ring is edged with tortoise shell beads. The rings are connected by a tortoise shell oval link that allows the two rings to move freely and from which is suspended a sphere-shaped drop that swings free in the center of the rings. The oval link is connected at the center top to an s-shaped gold ear wire.
Title Hair chain with pendant cross Accession Number 1932.648
Title Swiss watch Accession Number 1932.649
Title Large black link chain and pendant Accession Number 1932.650
Title Pendant cross Accession Number 1932.651
Title Pair of tortoise shell earrings Accession Number 1932.652 ab
Title Brooch Accession Number 1932.654
Title Pin Accession Number 1932.656
Title Silver brooch Accession Number 1932.657
Title Brooch Accession Number 1932.658
Title Silver watch chain Accession Number 1932.661
1 5/8 x 3/8 (WxD) (inches)
For more information on tortoiseshell jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 259-263; Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 132-138; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 223-227; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 114-115.