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This rectangular pink and white banded agate is set in a thin gold mount. The brooch closes with a hinged pin and a C-hook on the reverse. It is the brooch Ruth Buffum wears in her portrait, according to the donor (1961.173b).
Title Portrait of James Needham Buffum Accession Number 1961.173 A
Title Portrait of Ruth (Lummus) Buffum Accession Number 1961.173 B
Title Agate brooch Accession Number 1961.173 C
1 5/16 x 1 11/16 x 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Alice and Emil Ahlborn
"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 Victorian stone jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," (1991): 513-528; Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 57-95; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 246-253.