Emily Ilsley Cummings coral jewelry, Portland, ca. 1800

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Emily Ilsley Cummings of Portland owned this set of carved coral jewelry. The pieces, all set in gold, are carved red coral drop earrings, a rectangular coral ring, and a rectangular coral brooch.

Emily Cummings (1801-1870) was the daughter of Isaac Ilsley, who served as the Collector of Port in Portland from 1801-1829. She married Nathan Cummings (1796-1878), a graduate of Bowdoin College. He was a director of Casco Bank for almost 50 years.

Cummings may have inherited the jewelry as it appears to have been made, probably in Europe, in about 1800 to 1810.

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About This Item

  • Title: Emily Ilsley Cummings coral jewelry, Portland, ca. 1800
  • Creation Date: circa 1800
  • Subject Date: circa 1800
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Gold and red coral
  • Local Code: 488*a
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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