Brooch and earrings set

Brooch and earrings set
Title
Brooch and earrings set
Date 
1825-1875
Medium 
Hair, gold
Dimensions 
overall (brooch): 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 3/4 in. ( 5.7 x 4.4 x 1.9 cm ) overall (earrings, each): 2 1/8 x 3/4 x 3/4 in. (
Description 
Woven dark brown hair jewelry set (mourning?), with a brooch and pair of earrings having gold frame and fittings; brooch has hollow oval frame with tubular tulle woven hair surrounding, 4 points on all 4 sides with acanthus leaf on each point, hollow half sphere woven hair in center of oval with gold band surrounding, set diagonally and decorated with acanthus leaves; hollow acorn-shaped woven hair decoration suspended from the bottom, with gold fittings, hinged pin on reverse with hook on opposite side, small loop for bail of additional decoration (missing), "CLR" engraved at center of reverse; wire hook earrings have hollow spheres with gold fittings suspending three hollow teardrop-shaped decorations also with gold fittings.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss Nellie S. Cobleigh, 1954
Object Number 
INV.12665a-c
Marks 
engraved: center of brooch: "CLR"
Gallery Label 
This brooch and earrings set was originally worn by Cynthia Longmaid Rice; it was then worn by her daughter, Martha A. Rice Cobleigh, the donor's grandmother.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group