While her husband was president, Martha Washington understood her role as a national figure and the meaning conveyed by her personal appearance. This seed pearl pin was likely one of the "pearl pins and earrings for Mrs. Washington" purchased from New York jeweler Mr. M. Roberts on December 5, 1789. Seed pearl jewelry achieved great popularity in federal America. Mrs. Washington's choice of the dove-shaped pin may have been a declaration of her hope for the future peace and prosperity of the new nation. More


c. 1789



Pearl, mother of pearl, silver


Overall: 1 3/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. (4.45 cm x 6.35 cm)


Given in memory of Lucy Ware Lewis McCormick, 1946

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