Gold

Woman in Fan Front 1854

This photo is dated March 1854 on a slip of paper held between the pages of the book on the table.

The lady wears a fan front dress with tightly fitting drop sleeves. She has a small gold and gem brooch holding the embroidered net lace collar closed at the throat. She wears a shiny-fabric apron, likely a silk taffeta - you can just see her dress skirt at the far left of the picture. The apron does not have a bib section. She wears no ring on her left hand.

Watch Hook 2

The heart on the front of this watch hook brooch was probably intended to be engraved with a monogram. Many buyers chose not to have the engraving done.

Pearl Starburst Brooch

This brooch may be a mourning piece, as the pearl symbolizes tears. The black and white enamel would be typical for memorial jewels.

Gold Locket, Single Portrait

This monogrammed "SH" and chased locket opens to show a photograph of a woman surrounded by a coil of her brown hair. The reverse of the locket is plain.

Double Portrait Locket

This rather thick and heavy gold locket has engraved enamelwork on the front and floral engraving on the back. It opens to show two photographs.

Cameo, Diamond, and Pearl Pendant

A baroque pearl dangles from this openwork frame for a bust cameo.

Cameo Pendant, Brooch, Muse

The lady in this cameo is one of the muses, Erato, the muse of love poetry. Her signs are the lyre and the crown of roses.

Bird and Flowers Brooch

Engraved gold inlays form the bird and flower pattern in this small fine gold brooch. One of the flower inlays is missing.
The reverse shows a fine example of a trombone clasp.

Bar Pin, three lozenges

Bar pins typically were used to attach a watch or watch chain to the bodice. But sometimes they were simply decorative. This pin does not have a hook on the back for the watch. The pin is dimensional, having been stamped and repouseed into high relief.

Bar Pin, one lozenge

Bar pins were commonly worn, often to hold the end of a watch chain. This example shows nice gallery wire decoration.
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