Memorial Brooch

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1780-1810

GUSN

GUSN-101103

Description

This navette-shaped mourning brooch made from an ivory plaque set under glass and surrounded by cut pastes in a silver border, depicts two doves perched on a flat-topped column. The brooch closes with a hinged pin and hook on reverse.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
brooches
memorial columns
silver (metal)
ivory (tooth component)
glass (material)
Brooch

Associated Building

Original to Merwin House (Stockbridge, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

546

Maker

Unknown

Credit Line

Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin

Accession Number

1966.2271

Reference Notes

For more information on mourning jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 657-710; Deutsch, Davida Tenebaum, "Jewelry for mourning, love, and fancy, 1770-1830," "The Magazine Antiques" (April 1999): 566-575; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 23-31.