Label

Martha Washington had the means and connections to procure the finest clothing and jewelry available, yet she often chose goods that maintained an elegant, understated appearance. These gold hoop earrings, simple yet fashionable alternatives to showier drop earrings of stone or other precious metals, exemplify her personal style. They were inherited by her granddaughter, Martha Parke Custis Peter, whose great-great-great grandchildren donated them to Mount Vernon in 1980.

Description

A:
Gold circular hoop earring; body made from a hollow metal tube, a thin wire hinges at the front of the earring and extends to rest in the hollow tube at the rear.

B:
Gold circular hoop earring; body made from a hollow metal tube, a thin wire hinges at the front of the earring and extends to rest in the hollow tube at the rear.

Date

1770-1795


Geography


Material/Technique

Gold


Dimensions

Overall (A): 11/16 in. x 11/16 in. x 1/16 in. (1.75 cm x 1.75 cm x 0.16 cm)
Other (B): 3/4 in. x 5/8 in. x 1/16 in. (1.91 cm x 1.59 cm x 0.16 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John S. Wise & George W. Thompson, Jr., in memory of their mother, Elizabeth Ridgely Hunt Tayloe, 1980
Conservation courtesy of Dr. Thomas F. Cleary


Object Number

W-2004/A-B


Colors (Beta)


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