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Oval chalcedony brooch, center features a compartment of palette worked hair decorated with seed pearls and gold wire set within with a floral engraved gold frame, all set in a gold mount with shell shaped prongs, hinged pin and hook on reverse.
1 5/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 1/2 in (HxWxD) (inches)
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.
Title c - Coral brooch and earrings Accession Number 1927.495 a
Title Lava cameo brooch Accession Number 1929.563
Title Brooch Accession Number 1929.564
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1929.565
Title Coral earrings Accession Number 1929.566 ab
Title Knee buckles Accession Number 1931.982 ab
Title Cuff links Accession Number 1931.984 ab
Title Gold brooch Accession Number 1931.989
Title Necklace and locket Accession Number 1934.558