The necklace comprised of 26 arched or triangular links, each a unique applied 18k and platinum miniature in a "Japanese Bird" or floral motif after Hokusai's Manga as interpreted by Edward C. Moore. The detachable pendant depicts a crane at water's edge, the obverse fitted with glazed portrait or hair chamber and inscribed "Elwina Finlay from Mamma, July 1876." Multihued 18k gold and platinum. Marked Tiffany & Co., engraved 1876. Necklace 16 1/2", Pendant 1 7/8" x 1 3/8". 44.8 dwt. GW.
Notes: Jane Brown Finlay (Mamma) died within the second half of 1876. Her daughter, Phoebe Rebecca Elizabeth Elwina Finlay, 1862-1944, wed British Lord Adolphus Frederick Stuart-Linton in December 1878 at the American Embassy, Paris. In 1885 she was presented to the Court of St. James and Queen Elizabeth.
Japonesque jewels, such as this, were displayed by Tiffany & Co. at the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, held in Philadelphia, PA, May 10 - November 10, 1876.
Good overall condition. A small hinged ring that suspended the pendant from the necklace is absent. No damages, repairs, dents. Condition reports are rendered as specialist opinion by the staff of the Auction House and/or independent consultants and not as statements of fact. We do not guarantee the content of written or verbal condition reports. The absence of a condition report does not imply that there are no condition issues with the lot. Please call us at (609) 397-9374 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this lot at least 24 hours prior to auction.
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