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Coral Brooch, circa 1865

Unknown1860/1870

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

A wealthy young Victorian lady would have purchased this elaborately carved coral brooch as part of a set while touring abroad - likely in Italy. It reflects American travelers' fondness for European souvenirs that served as both personal mementos and public symbols of their gentility and good taste. The piece exemplifies the use of organic forms in Victorian jewelry.

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