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Each earring in this pair is composed of an elongated pendant drop decorated with an enameled polychrome scene of the Swiss Alps. Each pendant is suspended from an oval surmount decorated with an enameled polychrome lake scene. Both surmount and pendant are set in a gilt frame accented with scroll and bead trim. The earrings attach with hinged ear wires.
enamel (fused coating)
Title Swiss enameled brooch Accession Number 1927.875
Title Swiss enameled earrings Accession Number 1927.876
Title Brooch Accession Number 1927.877
Title Brooch Accession Number 1927.878
Title Brooch Accession Number 1927.879
Title Pair of earrings Accession Number 1927.880
Title Pair of earrings Accession Number 1927.881
Title Jet hook Accession Number 1927.882
Title Jet mourning ring Accession Number 1927.883
Title Brooch Accession Number 1927.884
11/16 (W) (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; and "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
These earrings are pictured in Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): Color plate 152, 256.