Vest button box

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1855-1865

GUSN

GUSN-284599

Description

This box is the original black leather case with white silk and red velvet lining for the set of twelve buttons. The box closes with a push-button tab and is hinged across the back.

Details

Descriptive Terms

boxes (containers)
paper (fiber product)
leather
velvet (fabric weave)
satin
Box

Label

These exquisite chalcedony cameos came from jeweler Diego D'Estrada's shop in Rome. Robert Means Mason and his wife, Sarah, purchased the set along with a set of vest buttons depicting the sights of ancient Rome, possibly on their journey to Europe in 1865. Sarah was an acute asthmatic and the pair often traveled abroad for her health. Unfortunately, Sarah died in the fall of 1865 in Dieppe, France.

Additional Identification Number

171

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

1 x 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Accession Number

1930.160.13