Collection Type

  • Jewelry






Circular jet brooch with a rosette of seed pearls set in the center, set in a gold mount, hinged pin and hook on reverse. The brooch was given in a square white leather box with the name of Tilden-Thurber jewelry retailer on interior of lid.


Descriptive Terms

pins (jewelry)
jet (coal)
freshwater pearl
gold alloy
mourning jewelry


In the 1870s and 1880s several members of the Rhoades family died, including two of the donor's grandparents and two aunts. The family relied on local retailer Tilden-Thurber & Company for this traditional mourning brooch made of jet and pearls.


"TILDEN-THURBER Co. / Providence, R.I." (Embossed)

Additional Identification Number



Possibly Tilden-Thurber Company (Jeweler)


3/8 (W), 1 1/8 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ella Newton Rhoades

Accession Number


Reference Notes

For more information on jet jewelry and imitations see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910" v. 2 (1991): 657-709; Cooper, Diana and Norman Battershill, "Victorian Sentimental Jewellery," (1972): 19-30; Dawes, Ginny Reddington and Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 125-130; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 125-126, 254-256; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 94-95.

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