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Dating to 1859, this is a remarkable 14k yellow gold, black enamel and diamond brooch marking the passing of Theodore Chase on March 13th of that year.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he was a ship owner and married Clarissa Chase (nee Andrews) in 1831, when she 23 years of age. Theodore was born on March 16, 1786 so approximately 45 at the time of his union.
Clarissa was from Watertown and they had three children. Clarissa wore this brooch to commemorate her husband's passing, and she herself lived to the fine age of 76.
Large and oval in shape, it utilizes black enamel, 14k yellow gold, and antique diamonds. Convex in shape for the central panel, the letters, T C" are appliqued to the inky enamel. Twenty-six mixed but diamonds dot the surfaces of the letters. A bold bezel defines the edge.
In a surround, another oval of ebony hued enamel is interspersed with curvaceous well modeled leaves of gold.
On the reverse, the words, "Theodore Chase, March 13th, 1859" are engraved in flowing script. There is a locket back with plaited hair beneath. The original tube hinge, pin stem and C clasp are still present.