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Watch chain

Sarah Dodge1834

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Bead watch chains were a fad among young women in the 1830s and early 1840s. Woven on a bead loom, the chains often bear expressions of friendship, religion, or virtue. This example features two phrases, “If Happiness You Wish to Gain Let Virtue Be Your Guide and Aim” and “Friendship.” It was made by Sarah Dodge for her fiancé, George H. Westcott (1810–1877), a jeweler in Providence, Rhode Island; they were married in 1834.

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  • Title: Watch chain
  • Creator: Sarah Dodge
  • Manufacturer: American
  • Date Created: 1834
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 66 x 1/2 inches
  • Provenance: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Mary W. Clarke, 1943.435
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Original Source: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Gift of Miss Mary W. Clarke, 1943.435 
  • Medium: Loom-woven glass beads
  • Creator 1 death date: 1900
  • Creator 1 birth date: 1805

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