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This tortoiseshell necklace is composed of carved links alternating in two shapes: an "X" superimposed over an oval, and a decoratively pierced oval. At the center is an amphora-shaped pendant that contains a photograph. One end is an oval slip-catch similar to those used on watch chains. The other is a simple ring.
Title Tortoiseshell chain and locket Accession Number 1930.15
Title Tortoiseshell cameo studs Accession Number 1930.16 ab
Title Intaglio Accession Number 1930.17 ab
Title Hair brooch Accession Number 1930.18
Title Hair earrings Accession Number 1930.19 ab
Title Coral brooch Accession Number 1930.20
Title Cameo fob Accession Number 1930.21
Title Cameo studs Accession Number 1930.22 ab
Title Coral pin Accession Number 1930.136
Title Coral earrings Accession Number 1930.137 ab
Title Tortoiseshell lorgnette Accession Number 1937.1307
1 1/8 (W) (inches)
For more information on tortoiseshell jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 1 (1991): 259-263; Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 132-138; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 223-227; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 114-115.