Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Martha Washington amassed a large set of garnet jewelry for herself and her daughter, Martha Parke Custis. The assortment of necklaces, earrings, hair pins, rings, and shoe buckles must have been much admired as they were worn well after their initial purchase. Some of this jewelry was re-fashioned to reflect changing styles: for example, the head of the stick pin is believed to have originally served as an element of a pair of Martha Washington's earrings. More

Date

c. 1759-1772


Geography

  • Possibly made - England
  • Possibly retailed - England

Material/Technique

Garnet, silver


Dimensions

Overall: 2 15/16 in. x 5/8 in. x 3/16 in. (7.47 cm x 1.6 cm x 0.48 cm)


Credit

Bequest of John Parke Custis Upshur, 1952


Object Number

W-1874


Colors


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