Jewelry

Lover’s Eye Brooches

Portrait miniatures mounted as brooches, pendants, or lockets were very popular items of jewelry during the 18th century. Toward the end of the century, an unusual variation became fashionable: the eye brooch, or lover's...

Georgian Hearts

Heart-shaped jewels have been around since medieval times, but the hearts in this collection have their origins in the 17th century. A popular Stuart jewel made to honor Charles I was the simple crystal heart-shaped locket...

Georgian Mourning Brooches

Morbid symbols of death, such as skeletons, skulls, and coffins continued to be used in English mourning jewelry well into the 18th century, but by the second half of the century had become less common and were replaced by images of sorrow....

Woven-Hair Lace Pins

This collection is comprised of lace pins that include a central panel of woven hair under glass. The glass-enclosed panel is generally surrounded by stones or chased metal. The hair would have belonged to a loved one— a child, a spouse, a lover, a parent — and in some cases was simply a token of affection, ie a mother wearing a pin set with her child's hair....

Georgian Paste Shoe Buckles

Buckles were made to be attached to the shoe's two straps, or latchets, securing them over the instep. A pitchfork-shaped double prong, called a tongue, fastened one latchet, and two short spikes on the loop, or chape, attached the anchoring latchet....

Quizzing Glasses

A "quizzing glass" was a single magnifying lens on a handle which was held up before the eye to enable closer scrutiny of the object in view. The quizzing glass is not to be confused with the lorgnette, which has two lenses, and more often than not a correctable (prescription) lens rather than a simple...

Silhouette Jewelry

Silhouettes were set into all sorts of jewelry: rings, brooches, lockets, bracelets. They very popular as mourning jewelry as they could be copied and sent to friends and family of the deceased – a much more personal memento than a mourning ring. Many of the pieces shown here, especially lockets, include locks of hair, which may mark them as mourning...

 

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