Martha Washington and her daughter Martha "Patsy" Custis placed four orders for garnet hair ornaments between 1759 and 1772. This spray of flowers, known as an "aigrette" or "egret" because of its resemblance to the crest or feathered plume of the Lesser White Heron, was likely among the items received. Accordingly, the jewel was worn at the center of a lady's elaborately piled coiffure. Patsy was apparently fond of such adornments, as she is depicted wearing an aigrette of paste or pearls in her 1771 miniature portrait by Charles Willson Peale. More

Date

1759-1772


People


Geography

  • Retailed - England
  • Possibly made - England

Material/Technique

Silver, gold, garnet


Dimensions

Overall: 5/8 in. x 1 1/8 in. x 1/4 in. (1.6 cm x 2.87 cm x 0.64 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Walter Gibson Peter, Jr. in memory of Agnes Peter Mott, 1975


Object Number

W-2687/C


Colors


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