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Seed-pearl brooch with matching earrings

This suite is typical of seed-pearl jewelry made in Europe and the United States during the mid-19th century. It was owned by Augusta Depew, daughter of Chauncy Depew, an attorney for Cornelius Vanderbilt and president of the New York Central Railroad System. Augusta married Edward Gleason, the...

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Late 1960's, gift of Mrs. Frank Bowker to her great-niece, Elizabeth C. Heide, Marblehead, MA [see note 1]; 2012, gift of Elizabeth C. Heide to the MFA. (Accession date: September 26, 2012) NOTES: [1] Pearl suite accompanied by scrap of letter dated 1862, Peekskill, NY.

Credit Line

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

American, about 1860


Overall: 9.8 x 8 x 2.5 cm (3 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and pearl


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Sets