Helen Bancroft Hay's lava brooch, ca. 1860

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


A lava brooch, fashioned in a cameo style, was reportedly worn as a companion piece to Helen Bancroft Hay's green and blue striped dress. The phrase "lava jewelry" or, in this case, "lava brooch," is a broad term for jewelry made from volcanic rock, ash, or debris composite.

Originally from Portland, Helen Bancroft Hay (1834–1900) lived for many years in Massachusetts before returning to Portland later in life.

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  • Title: Helen Bancroft Hay's lava brooch, ca. 1860
  • Creation Date: circa 1860
  • Subject Date: circa 1860
  • Locations:
    • Boston, Suffolk County, MA
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: lava, gold
  • Local Code: 1861*
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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