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Bejeweled: Standing Out

Unidentified women, ca. 1860

Unidentified women, ca. 1860

Item 48403 info
Maine Historical Society

A Boston jeweler has been here with more than $10000 worth of jewelry of all sorts – rich or paste – for sale at Auction. We went in just to see the splendid array - & indeed, it was splendid – bid a little – co’dn’t help it. Hus. got a breast-pin knocked down to him w’h he presented to me with great ceremony. I bid off a ring w’h I keep myself.

–– Persis Sibley Andrews, Paris, Maine, February 10, 1850

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