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This arrow shaped brooch, also called a lace or scarf pin, was cast and set with pastes. The brooch fastens by screwing the arrow head onto the shaft. It is unmarked.
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": Cupid's arrow was a popular symbol of affection, with examples ranging from this mid-nineteenth century version made from tortoiseshell set with gold stars to this early twentieth-century jabot set with rhinestones.
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),
9/16 x 1/4 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation