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Object Name: Brooch (mourning)
Date: ca.1795
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Medium: Gold, enamel, hair
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 3.2 x 1.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Oval mourning brooch; glass compartment containing woven hair, overlaid with gold initials JBS; framed with 2 rings of black enamel and 1 ring of white enamel decorated with gold lozenges; gold beading around edge; inscription engraved on reverse; pin attachment.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Elizabeth Harison and Mr. William Harison
Object Number: 1941.299
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Marks: engraved: on reverse: "John B. / Schuyler / Obt. Augt. 19 / 1795 / AE 30 Ys."

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This mourning brooch commemorates John Bradstreet Schuyler (1765-1795). He was married to Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. His father, Major General Philip Schuyler, started a lumber business in Saratoga and upon John's death, he was able to leave a large estate there to his only son Philip (1788-1865).