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Clasp

This closed box clasp was made for either a bracelet of necklace. It consists of a faceted, octagonal, bezel-set rock crystal over a partial pink silver foil (largely missing). In the center is a rectangle of finely woven blond hair that suggests the clasp was a mourning ornament. On each side...

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Marks

Impressed JOHN/BURT on reverse

Provenance

By the 1970s, in the collection of Thomas and Hope Jansen; mid-1970s, gift to their daughter, Caroline Knox, Westport, MA; 2009, year-end gift of Knox to the MFA (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Caroline Knox

American, 1735–40

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 1.6 x 2.1 x 0.7 cm (5/8 x 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.5479

Medium or Technique

Gold, pink foil, rock crystal, and hair

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets