Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding rings, 1865




Description:
Gold band ring, engraved inside: "F.A.T. E.H.T. May 22 1865 16K" Given to Mrs. Frederick Augustus Tallmadge (Elizabeth Hannah Canfield) on the day of her Golden wedding Anniversiary on May 22, 1865. She was married May 22, 1815.

Comment:
Frederick A. Tallmadge attended the LLS and Elizabeth Hannah Canfield of Sharon attended the LFA. The couple was married in 1815.

Category:
Personal Artifacts

Date Made:
1865

Dimensions:
3/4" D

Material:
gold

Litchfield Historical Society

Lady's gold ring, 1842



For those of you looking for examples of simpler jewelry, here you go! 

Description:
Lady's gold band, plain with bevelled edges, engraved inside "To My Mother, Augst 19th, 1842"

Comment:
One of a set of five rings owned and worn by Mrs. Frederick A. Tallmadge, (Elizabeth Hannah Canfield)

Category:
Personal Artifacts

Date Made:
1842

Dimensions:
3/4" diameter

Material:
gold





Cotton print bodice & skirt ensemble, ca. 1850




Description
A: Bodice - Purple cotton with white and purple paisley print; roller print; off the shoulder neckline; long sleeves with three ruffled tiers; hook and eye closures on back; boning sewn into lining; fabric gathered vertically in front and back B: Skirt - long, full, plain skirt; gathered at waist; new waistband of white linen tape

Comment
worn by Jane M. Wadhams Stevens of Litchfield (LFA student)

Litchfield Historical Society

Silk day dress, early 1860s



Description:
Dark brown dress with separate skirt and bodice. Brown fabric is printed silk with a small floral decoration. Full skirt that shows signs of being taken out at one time and readjusted. Skirt is accompanied by two bodices. One has long full sleeves trimmed with green silk tape. Oval neckline, cut straight down front and around waist. Front closes with hooks and eyes and nine buttons covered with green silk. Front of bodice is also trimmed in green silk tape. The second bodice is made of the same brown silk with floral print. Sleeves have been removed along with the trimmings and buttons. Various scraps of silk accompany the skirt and bodices.

Comment:
At the time this garment dates from the natural waist placement of the popular fashions combined with sloping shoulders and a full skirt to create the look of a tiny waist. By the mid 1860s, sleeves had begun to narrow from the bell shaped designs of the previous decade, and skirts became less cylindrical and more oblong with the fabric of the skirt concentrated in the back. Although many of these elements came from Europe, the American Civil War contributed stylistic details as well. For example, the teal trim on this bodice shows the inspiration from military uniforms during war time.
Provenance:

This dress was owned by Jane Wadhams Stevens. Jane Wadhams Stevens of Goshen, Connecticut was born April 5, 1815. From 1830-1832 Jane's parents, David and Phoebe Collins Wadhams, sent Jane to Sarah Pierce's Female Academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. On October 21, 1845 she married Henry Ward Stevens of New Marlboro, Massachusetts. During their marriage Jane and Henry had one child. She passed away December 11, 1862.

Litchfield Historical Society

Aquamarine Bracelet, ca. 1840




BRACELET AND BOX, CA. 1840

Aquamarine, gilt metal (bracelet); paper, gilt, velvet, satin (box). Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane. 1926-22-531-a,b.

Clasp bracelet in Gothic style, made of nine links of heart-shaped ornaments placed base to base with open flower larger units in a similar design with a pale blue stone. Accompanying box covered in dark red paper, tooled in gilt, and lined with velvet and satin.

Cooper-Hewitt Collection

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Equestrian painting, bef. 1860



Untitled, unidentified

before 1860

Alfred de Dreux

Aluminum panel bracelet, ca. 1860



Aluminum panel bracelet

French, ca. 1860

Aluminum, gold, brass. Bequest of Raizel Halpin and Dora Jane Janson, in honor of their great friendship and shared love of antique jewelry. 2003-20-1.

Cuff-type bracelet of five hinged, aluminum sections embellished with brass and gold; the large central section showing two winged cherubs amidst ribbons, garlands and scrollwork, floating above an oval cartouche containing an open-work gold panel with the scrolling, intertwined initials 'MJ' or 'MJC'; the central section flanked by smaller sections of strapwork and scrolls, the section on the left showing a bird and snake, the one on the right with a lizard and snake; the two outer sections of strapwork and scrolls, with attached catch and housing; the hinges, catch and housing of gold.

The Cooper-Hewitt Collection