Tourmaline from Oxford County, Maine
Hamlin presumably made the pendants removable so the wearer was allowed creative freedom to alter the necklace according to their mood or ensemble. Seventeen additional hooks for pendants are built into the chain of the necklace, which enable the inclusion of more charms or spacing adjustments to existing ones. Whether or not Hamlin or a wearer has altered the necklace from its original state remains unknown. While Hamlin sketched pendants from the necklace in his notebook, he did not draw the necklace in its entirety, leaving no concrete evidence of its earliest appearance.
Thanks goes to Ben DeCamp, Kevin Czaja, and the Harvard University Library for the images; to Raquel Alonso-Perez and Theresa Smith for the text; and to Augustus Hamlin and Fred Pough for their enduring support and generosity.