Circa 1854 Georgian Seed Pearl Parure Necklace, Earring & Brooch

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This collection is in excellent antique estate condition and ready to wear. The collection consists of 5 articles of jewelry. Two brooches, a necklace with pendant and two pairs of earrings. The pieces are made of Seed Pearls sewn over carved mother of pearl with horse hair. The metal is mostly solid yellow gold but the post earrings have a steel backing as well as gold. The earring backs are 20th century replacements. The cross is inscribed "From Fletcher Dec. 19th 1854" This was probably a lovely Christmas gift from 1854!

As explained in Georgian Jewelry 1714 1830 by Ginny Redington Dawes and Olivia Collings, “Seed pearls, tiny natural pearls from India, were essential part of Georgian jewellery. They were made into long tasseled sautiors, or threaded into intricate designs to support slides and clasps, out sued as surrounds for gemstones”.

The necklace clasp is hallmarked 14K. It measures 18.5" long, the pendant measures 1.9" x .75".

The Cross Brooch measures 1.6" x 1.2". The back is engraved "From Fletcher Dec. 19th 1854" The gold tests as 18K.

The large flower brooch measures 3.75" x 2.1". The gold tests as 14k.

The long screw back earrings measure 2.2" x .80". The screw backs are hallmarked 10K

The post earrings measure .80" in diameter. The backs are steel but the posts are 14K and hallmarked 14K

Details

  • Creator
    Unknown
  • Of the Period
    Georgian
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820's - 1870's
  • Condition
    Excellent. Excellent antique estate condition, ready to wear. .
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Cape May, NJ
  • Reference Number
    LU43932409683
About the Seller

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Located in Cape May, NJ

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