Earring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

ca. 1875

GUSN

GUSN-284680

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

earrings (jewelry)
glass (material)
metal
Set, Jewelry

Label

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.

Associated Building

Original To Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

1969.3010.1-.2
482

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

1 1/2 x 1/8 x 1 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman

Accession Number

1969.3010.2A

Date

ca. 1875 (Appears in photograph of Frances Bowdoin Bradlee ca. 1875)

Related Items

Title Necklace Accession Number 1969.3010.1