Brooch / pendant (mourning)
Gold, other metal, topaz, glass, hair, silk, paper
Overall: 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. ( 1.3 x 3.5 x 4.8 cm )
engraved: reverse, across top: "W. S. M. Octr. 1859." applied: center obverse: "M"
Oval chased gold brooch / pendant with hinged pin and hook on reverse, down-turned fleur-de-lis bail at the top; 3-step bezel with rope pattern around outer edge, a band of rinceau design, geometric pattern around inner edge, meeting glass oculus with lavender silk fabric beneath, with monogram "M" outside of glass at the center, set with topaz; oculus on reverse, with a lock of gold hair set on paper.
This mourning brooch / pendant was among the items found in a jewelry box which came from the Livingston family.
Gift of Goodhue Livingston, 1951
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.