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Brooch (cameo)

Object Number: 
Gold, shell, pearls, textile (hair?)
Overall: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
engraved: on reverse: "C.W.H. from R.C.M. / Jany 1, 1859 / Numbers 6, Chapt. 24 to 26 Vs"
Oval cameo brooch comprising image of female bust with Romantic coiffure; 50 small pearls adorn the frame;crystal compartment on reverse containing woven brown textile (possibly hair); inscriptions engraved on reverse; pin attachment.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession notes, this brooch was given as a wedding present by the Reverend Dr. Robert Campbell Matlack to his wife, Clara Heilman, the aunt of the donor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Kensett Olyphant
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group