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This single earring was once part of a larger set of jewelry, of which the necklace 1969.3010.1 survives. The earring consists of a smaller five-point star made of faceted black glass and set in a black enameled bezel. It attaches to the ear with a metal s-curved ear wire.
Wealthy Bostonian Frances Bowdoin Bradlee, most likely in mourning for her father, James Bradlee, who died in 1872, is depicted in a photograph wearing this necklace made of black glass. Such glass, produced in France and what is now Czechoslovakia, was often called French jet for its similarity to true jet, the polished black petrified wood from England.
Original To Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
Title Necklace Accession Number 1969.3010.1
1 1/2 x 1/8 x 1 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
ca. 1875 (Appears in photograph of Frances Bowdoin Bradlee ca. 1875)