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Forget-Me-Not necklace

American
about 1942


Accession Number

2018.4020

Medium or Technique

Sterling silver, enamel

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Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

This sterling silver “Forget-Me-Not” link necklace is composed of oval links embossed with forget-me-not flowers and engraved on a center strip with the name of a person to remember. The names to be memorialized, each hand-engraved, read: Rhoda, Mommy, Daddy, Grampy, Ruth Ann, Aunt Ceil, Aunt Lill, Jack, Pop, Pud, Naomi, Edna, Boo, and Mother. Five links are embossed with insignia of the United States military, including the fouled anchor of a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer; the Eagle, Globe and Anchor of the U.S. Marine Corps; the Prop and Wings of the U.S. Army Air Forces; the Aviator badge of the U.S. Army (?), which is enameled with a blue “V;” and the Great Seal of the United States. One link is enameled with a blue service star on a white background with a narrow red border, indicating the wearer had a loved one involved in the war effort.

Markings

All of the name links are marked "STERLING FORGET-ME-NOT" on the back, while the military emblem links are simply marked "STERLING."

Provenance

Between about 1970s and 2018, acquired by Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, Ontario [see note]; 2018, gift of Carole Tanenbaum to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 2018)

NOTE: This is part of a large collection of costume jewelry given to the MFA in 2018, which had been built over about 40 years.

Credit Line

Gift of Carole Tanenbaum