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Brooch and earrings set

Object Number: 
INV.12665a-c
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. (
Marks: 
engraved: center of brooch: "CLR"
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Nellie S. Cobleigh, 1954
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group