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Brooch

c. 1820-1840

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

For centuries, jewelry has served as a sentimental gift. In the nineteenth century, a number of forms were often homemade, such as painted brooches, bead watch chains, and hair jewelry. The desired message could be represented literally in words, or figuratively in symbols. This brooch bears the inscription, “Friendship the Fountain of Love.”

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  • Title: Brooch
  • Date Created: c. 1820-1840
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 1 1/16 x 1 9/16 inches
  • Provenance: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. Grace E. Odell, 1952.75
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Original Source: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Mrs. Grace E. Odell, 1952.75
  • Medium: Probably watercolor on ivory, set in gold-over-silver pin
  • Date end: 1840

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