Pair of Earrings

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1820-1840

GUSN

GUSN-101310

Description

Each earring in this pair is composed of a center rectangle set with plaits of brunette human hair under glass surrounded by a chased gold border and round, Old European cut faceted jet stones. The earrings attach with hinged ear wires on the reverse..

Details

Descriptive Terms

earrings (jewelry)
mourning jewelry
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
Earring

Additional Identification Number

756

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

3/4 (W), 15/16 (diameter) (inches)

Accession Number

1927.880.1-2

Reference Notes

For more information on jet jewelry and imitations see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910" v. 2 (1991): 657-709; Cooper, Diana and Norman Battershill, "Victorian Sentimental Jewellery," (1972): 19-30; Dawes, Ginny Reddington and Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 125-130; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 125-126, 254-256; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 94-95. 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.

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