Memorial Brooch

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1800-1820

GUSN

GUSN-101199

Description

Gold rectangular brooch with rounded corners, center set with intertwined gray and brown hair under glass and surrounded by a row of seed pearls, engraved on reverse, hinged pin and hook is a later addition.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
brooches
mourning jewelry
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
pearl (animal material)
Brooch

Inscription

"G. W. / C. S." (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number

643

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

American

Dimensions

1/2 (H) (inches)

Accession Number

1922.1019

Exhibition Notes

"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.

Reference Notes

For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219.