Neck ornament with slide

English or French ?
about 1830


Length: 105.4 cm (41 1/2 in.) Overall: 3.5 x 5 x 2 cm (1 3/8 x 1 15/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and enamel

Not On View


Europe, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Fine high karat gold, openwork wire neck chain with elaborate tasel-like terminals and a central, oval slide decorated with granulation and cannetille wirework. In original, unmarked box indicating that there were matching earrings.


There are 4 "V"s inside hinged lariat clasp. Two are upward facing, two are downward facing.


Probably by the late 19th century, Josephine Cutter Burnett (b. 1830 – d. 1906), Boston; by descent to her granddaughter, Elizabeth Choate Spykman (b. 1896 – d. 1965), Boston; by inheritance to her daughters, Angelica Harter, Cambridge, MA and Patricia Winer, Bethany, CT; 2011, gift of Angelica Harter and Patricia Winer to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Angelica S. Harter and Patricia S. Winer