Aigrette in Original Case

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1875-1900

GUSN

GUSN-102284

Description

Gold plated metal aigrette [.1] with an engraved bow and set with twenty-eight pastes and white bird's feather. In original case [.2]. White peacock feathers depicted in photograph replaced in 2015 for exhibition.

Details

Descriptive Terms

aigrettes (plumes)
hair accessories
feather (material)
paste (glass)
plating (metal coating)
Ornament, Hair
Aigrette
Aigrette

Label

"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Aigrettes, hair ornaments named after the egret feathers appended to them, were popular in the 1880s and 1890s for evening wear and formal parties. A member of the Phillips family wore this aigrette by inserting the long pins into her upswept hair.

Inscription

"SHREVE / CRUMP & LOW / BOSTON." (Embossed)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

1735

Maker

Possibly Shreve, Crump & Low (Retailer)

Location of Origin

Boston, MA

Object Type

Adornment; Hair Adornments

Dimensions

6 x 2 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.354.1-.2

Exhibition Notes

"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

Reference Notes

For more information on aigrettes see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 316.