The Colt family suite

American
1856
Retailed by Tiffany & Co. (American, active 1837–present)


Object Place: New York, New York, United States

Dimensions

Overall (necklace): 15.5 x 14 x 1 x 50.8 cm (6 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 3/8 x 20 in.) Diameter and length (earrings): 1.6 x 1.8 cm (5/8 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2010.221.1-3

Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel and diamond (mine-cut)

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Sets

The necklace, given by Samuel Colt to his bride (Elizabeth Hart Jarvis) as a wedding present, consists of graduating floriform blue enamel links set with twenty mine-cut diamonds interspersed with smaller diamonds. Total carat weight: 38.84.

The earrings, along with a matching necklace, were given by Samuel Colt to his bride (Elizabeth Hart Jarvis) as a wedding present. Each consists of a floriform blue enamel rosette set with a central, mine-cut diamond (1.54 and 1.35 carats) with surrounding smaller diamonds. The kidney-wire hoops have been replaced by 14 kt screwbacks.

Markings

Unmarked

Provenance

June 1856, purchased by Samuel Colt (1814-1862), Hartford, CT and given to his bride Elizabeth Hart Jarvis (1826-1905) on the occassion of their wedding; thence by descent in the Colt family; March 16, 2010, anonymous sale, Skinner Inc., Boston, lot 567, to the MFA (Accession date: April 14, 2010)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, and funds donated anonymously