Brooch (cameo)

Brooch (cameo)
Title
Brooch (cameo)
Date 
1770-1858
Medium 
Gold, shell, pearls, textile (hair?)
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
Description 
Oval cameo brooch comprising image of female bust with Romantic coiffure; 50 small pearls adorn the frame;crystal compartment on reverse containing woven brown textile (possibly hair); inscriptions engraved on reverse; pin attachment.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. J. Kensett Olyphant
Object Number 
1944.96
Marks 
engraved: on reverse: "C.W.H. from R.C.M. / Jany 1, 1859 / Numbers 6, Chapt. 24 to 26 Vs"
Gallery Label 
According to the accession notes, this brooch was given as a wedding present by the Reverend Dr. Robert Campbell Matlack to his wife, Clara Heilman, the aunt of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group