Seed-pearl brooch with matching earrings

American
about 1860


Dimensions

Overall: 9.8 x 8 x 2.5 cm (3 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number

2012.531.1-3

Medium or Technique

Gold and pearl

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Sets

This suite is typical of seed-pearl jewelry made in Europe and the United States during the mid-19th century. It was owned by Augusta Depew, daughter of Chauncy Depew, an attorney for Cornelius Vanderbilt and president of the New York Central Railroad System. Augusta married Edward Gleason, the son of silversmith Roswell Gleason (1799-1887) whose home in Dorchester MA is a historic landmark. His work is well-represented in the Museum. The suite has its original box.

Markings

Unmarked

Provenance

Late 1960's, gift of Mrs. Frank Bowker to her great-niece, Elizabeth C. Heide, Marblehead, MA [see note 1]; 2012, gift of Elizabeth C. Heide to the MFA. (Accession date: September 26, 2012)

NOTES:
[1] Pearl suite accompanied by scrap of letter dated 1862, Peekskill, NY.

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth C. Heide in memory of Mrs. Frank Bowker