Collection Type

  • Jewelry






This circular brooch is set with an albumen photograph of Lawrence Rhoades (1842-1910) under beveled glass, surrounded by a tortoiseshell disc that is pinned to an ivory disc back with six metal pins. Each pin is mounted with an orange-colored bead. The brooch closed with a hinged pin and C-clasp (pin is missing) on the reverse.


Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
glass (material)
tortoise shell
ivory (tooth component)
silver and silver alloy
albumen prints


"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Lawrence Rhoades was a Providence bookkeeper by trade who rose to become a brevet colonel in the Civil War. After the war he made his wife several love tokens. Among them was this extraordinary brooch, carved from tortoiseshell and set with his photograph.

Additional Identification Number



Attributed to Rhoades, Lawrence (Maker)

Location of Origin

Rhode Island


3/8 (D), 1 7/16 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ella Newton Rhoades

Accession Number


Reference Notes

For more information on portrait jewelry see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 220-222.


1864-1880 (donor notes that Lawrence Rhoades made this brooch after his return from the Civil War.)


Rhode Island (United States)

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