Necklaces (pair)

Necklaces (pair)
Title
Necklaces (pair)
Date 
1850-1860
Medium 
Coral, metal, string
Dimensions 
overall (each, fastened): 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. ( 0.6 x 3.2 x 12.4 cm )
Description 
Pair of coral beaded baby's necklaces with metal clasp fasteners; one has 4 strands of beads twisted together, the other has 3 strands of beads twisted together.
Object Number 
INV.12505ab
Gallery Label 
These necklaces were worn by John Henry Cox (1860-1863). Since ancient Roman times, coral has been believed to have the power to ward off enchantments, witchcraft and evil spirits. Coral jewelry has long been associated babies, and was often given as a christening gift to keep the baby safe and healthy.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group