Seed pearl earrings and brooch, ca. 1865

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


The earrings and brooch contain hundreds of seed pearls that are sewn onto an mother of pearl back. The jewelry is from Bigelow, Kennard & Co. of Boston.

The jewelry is from the Thompson family of Kennebunk. The pieces may have belonged to Jane Nisbet Lawton Thompson (1849-1930), who was married to Joseph Porter Thompson (1840-1904). The couple married in 1870.

The jewelry is quite delicate because of its construction and the number of pearls.

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About This Item

  • Title: Seed pearl earrings and brooch, ca. 1865
  • Creation Date: circa 1865
  • Subject Date: circa 1865
  • Town: Kennebunk
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Pearls, abalone, metal
  • Local Code: 1997.242.37
  • 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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