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Seed pearl earrings and brooch, ca. 1865

Seed pearl earrings and brooch, ca. 1865

Item 48447 info
Maine Historical Society

Each piece has 466 seed pearls sewn onto a mother-of-pearl background and is quite delicate because of the sewn construction and the number of pearls.

The pieces came from the Thompson family of Kennebunk and 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 box indicates the pieces were purchased at Bigelow, Kennard & Co. of Boston.


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