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The Colt family suite in three parts (necklace and earrings)

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The necklace, given by Samuel Colt to his bride (Elizabeth Hart Jarvis) as a wedding present, consists of graduating floriform blue enamel links set with twenty mine-cut diamonds interspersed with smaller diamonds. Total carat weight: 38.84. The earrings, along with a matching necklace, were...

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June 1856, purchased by Samuel Colt (1814-1862), Hartford, CT and given to his bride Elizabeth Hart Jarvis (1826-1905) on the occassion of their wedding; thence by descent in the Colt family; March 16, 2010, anonymous sale, Skinner Inc., Boston, lot 567, to the MFA (Accession date: April 14, 2010)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, and funds donated anonymously

American, 1856

Object Place

New York, New York, United States


Overall (necklace): 15.5 x 14 x 1 x 50.8 cm (6 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 3/8 x 20 in.) Diameter and length (earrings): 1.6 x 1.8 cm (5/8 x 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel and diamond (mine-cut)


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Sets