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This gold rectangular brooch is set with a miniature portrait on ivory of a baby holding a silver coral and bells (1932.225). The child wears a pink dress with a wide neck and short, gathered sleeves. The portrait is set under beveled glass. The back is inscribed with the child's name and the date (see inscriptions). The brooch closed with a hinged pin and C-hook. It also has a loop on the reverse for suspension as a pendant.
ivory (tooth component)
"E. W. Gilbert Aged 10 mos 1839" (Engraved)
"CM" or "GM" (in watercolor at lower right-hand corner)
Title String of carved beads Accession Number 1932.150
Title Combination locket and brooch Accession Number 1932.224
Title Silver baby's rattle (same pictured in 1932.224) Accession Number 1932.225
Title c - Watch with case and keys Accession Number 1932.226 a
Title Pendant Accession Number 1932.233
Title Onyx mosaic earrings Accession Number 1939.142 ab
Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession Number 1939.143 a
Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession Number 1939.144 a
Title Rattle Accession Number 1932.225
1 3/4 x 1 5/16 x 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Miss Grace Gilbert
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
For more information on portrait jewelry see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 220-222.
1839 (inscribed on verso)
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)