Necklace

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1860-1880

GUSN

GUSN-102005

Description

This tortoiseshell necklace is composed of flat, pierced links with serrated edges forming a chain. The chain closes at the center back with an S-shaped clasp. An oval pendant with an inscribed plaque hangs from a central, flat tortoiseshell "o" ring. The plaque is decorated with an owl under an umbrella in relief and surrounded by a pierced scrollwork border.

Details

Descriptive Terms

necklaces
Necklace

Additional Identification Number

1456

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

1 7/16 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Lucy Haskell Sturtevant

Accession Number

1925.360

Reference Notes

For more information on tortoiseshell jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 259-263; Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 132-138; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 223-227; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 114-115.

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