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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.
ivory (tooth component)
Original to Merwin House (Stockbridge, Mass.),
Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin
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.