Brooch

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1864-1880

GUSN

GUSN-102031

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

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

Label

"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

1482

Maker

Attributed to Rhoades, Lawrence (Maker)

Location of Origin

Rhode Island

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Ella Newton Rhoades

Accession Number

1943.343

Reference Notes

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

Date

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

Places

Rhode Island (United States)

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