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Portrait miniature of Samuel Giles Gleason

The oval portrait is that of a bust of a young boy with brown hair and eyes. He is wearing a white ruffled shirt and a dark jacket. The gold frame has a cut-gold, decorative border and the crystal cover has a bezeled edge. There is a vertical pin stem on reverse (a replacement) and an engraved...

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Engraved in the center on reverse is the inscription: S.G.G. / Obt. Nov. 14 / 1835


Late 1960's, gift of Mrs. Frank Bowker to her great-niece, Elizabeth C. Heide, Marblehead, MA; 2012, gift of Elizabeth C. Heide to the MFA. (Accession date: September 26, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth C. Heide in memory of Mrs. Frank Bowker

American, 1835


Overall: 3 x 2.5 x 0.4 cm (1 3/16 x 1 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold, painted ivory, and crystal


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches