Locket

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

ca.1800

GUSN

GUSN-101311

Description

Gold circular pendant, center set with palette worked curls, pearls and pieces of gold wire over a milk glass background, reverse has small compartment set with gold initials "JG" over brown hair in basket weave pattern, gold loop on top for attachment. White paper box with red edges and pink-tinted cotton interior with inscription on the lid once held the locket.

Details

Descriptive Terms

lockets
glass (material)
Jewelry
Locket
Locket

Inscription

"JG" (Gold letters)
"John Grew's hair. 18th cen" (on interior of box lid in pencil)

Additional Identification Number

757

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

1 7/16 x 1 1/16 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Accession Number

1965.82

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.

Date

ca.1800 (John Grew died in 1800)

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