Cameo Bracelet

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Dublin Core

Title

Cameo Bracelet

Subject

Jewlery

Description

This piece belonged to the wife of the Revolutionary War hero and founder of Vermont, Ethan Allen. Based the dress of the women in the panel scenes, the bracelet was most likely made between 1780 and 1790. Between 1775 and 1800 jewelry such as this cameo became more popular in American fashion, while prior to this period women tended to wear real or artificial flowers as their primary adornment. Up through the eighteenth century, hardstones, such as the agate used in this cameo, were carved into the most popular and valuable cameos. However, shell cameos later gained popularity because the material is softer and easier to work with, while still retaining the two-tone appearance that made hardstone cameos desirable.

Source

Donated by Mrs. Elizabeth Howe

Date

Colonial America, approximately 1780-1790

Contributor

Curated by Kathryn Niemiroski

Format

Agate panels framed by metal, possibly gold or copper

Type

Image

Identifier

1955.13

Coverage

New England

Comments

Allowed tags: <p>, <a>, <em>, <strong>, <ul>, <ol>, <li>

About the Original Item

Date Added
May 2, 2011
Collection
Fleming Museum
Item Type
Image
Citation
“Cameo Bracelet,” Omeka@CTL, accessed June 4, 2020, http://ctl.w3.uvm.edu/omeka/items/show/584.
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