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A miniature portrait on ivory of a young woman in a white pique dress with a high frilled collar, wearing a hair necklace with gold clasps and a large tortoiseshell backcomb. She is pictured in front of a blue ground and is framed (possibly later as the miniature is smaller than the mat) in an eglomise gold and black mat and a gilded wood frame with applied twists.
ivory (tooth component)
"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": This cheerful young lady is wearing a hair necklace set with gold clasps. Hair jewelry was often given as a gift to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions.
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),
7 x 6 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann