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Necklaces (pair)

Object Number: 
INV.12505ab
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.
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