Gold, enamel, hair
Overall: 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 3.2 x 1.9 cm )
Oval mourning brooch; glass compartment containing woven hair, overlaid with gold initials JBS; framed with 2 rings of black enamel and 1 ring of white enamel decorated with gold lozenges; gold beading around edge; inscription engraved on reverse; pin attachment.
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Harison and Mr. William Harison
engraved: on reverse: "John B. / Schuyler / Obt. Augt. 19 / 1795 / AE 30 Ys."
This mourning brooch commemorates John Bradstreet Schuyler (1765-1795). He was married to Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. His father, Major General Philip Schuyler, started a lumber business in Saratoga and upon John's death, he was able to leave a large estate there to his only son Philip (1788-1865).
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