• Brooch and Earring Set, about 1870

    Coral was a popular material in jewelry making for many years.This particular piece incorporates coral with fairly inexpensive gold plated silver.Bigger brooches and long earrings were popular in the second half of the 19th century, until they fell out of favor because they could easily rip the lace collars and bodices that became popular in the 1880's.

  • Tortoise Shell and Pique Brooch, about 1865

    Tortoise shell was a much used material in small decorative accessories for many years.It is quite malleable when heated, and carefully chosen, the stock can have interesting color and mottling.In addition, it is easily carved and fine patterns can be created from it.Pique work infuses gold into the soft tortoiseshell, very much like inlay.Pique pose lays strips of gold in the surface and pique point, which this piece includes, has fine rods of gold embedded in it.Fine pique work was created in …

  • Watch Chain, about 1900

    The watch chain and good luck charm appear to be from circa 1900.The attached fob/plaque engraved "J.W.D. 1823" does not appear to be that early but may well be circa 1860, perhaps a fortieth or fiftieth birthday present to J.W.D. The plaque was likely added to the chain many years after it was initially presented.Such chains also included a watch, of course, which rested in the waistcoat pocket.It is unknown what White Brothers and Company of Boston manufactured."Willow Calf" may refer to calf …