Antique French yellow gold and shell cameo parure consisting of tiara, drop earrings and brooch in original fitted case. Shell cameos depicting male and female mythological figures including two with large dogs, all mounted in pierced Greek key and scroll work settings. Gold not marked, tested electronically as 17K to 18K. No maker's marks. Parure presented in original fitted hinged green leather gilt decorated domed box marked on base "Janisset, Passage des Panoramas No 61". 4" H x 5-5/8" w x 7-3/8" D. Passage des Panoramas was established in 1799 as one of the early glass covered indoor shopping venues in Paris. Tiara with hinged bands – 1-3/4" H x 21" L, Tiara itself – 1-3/4" H x 4-3/4" W. 30.1 grams. Drop dangle earrings: 2-5/8" L, 15.7 grams with replaced 12K gold-filled screw-backs. Brooch – 1-1/4" H x 2-1/4" W, 7.9 grams. 53.7 grams total weight including replaced GF earring backs. Circa 1810. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Parure accompanied by calling card of Mrs. Lewis Minor Coleman, descendant, stating "Charles Harrod's wedding gift to his wife Hannah Rolf Dayton March 7th 1811". Note: Hannah Rolf Dayton was the first wife of Charles Harrod, president of the Atchafalaya Bank of New Orleans and aide de camp to General Jackson at the battle of New Orleans (source: American Ancestry: Giving Name and Descent, in the Male Line, of …, Volume 6 by Thomas Patrick Hughes, ?Frank Munsell – 1891 – ?Albany NY ). Hannah Rolf Dayton was grand-daughter of Gen. Elias Dayton of Elizabethtown, NJ, who served under General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. They had four children including a daughter Susan Dayton Harrod Boyd, wife of William Boyd. Susan and William Boyd's son Charles Harrod Boyd was born in 1833 and served on General George H. Thomas staff as Captain of the Topographical Engineers, Army of the Cumberland. In 1858 he married Annette Maria Dearborn, daughter of Col. Greenleaf Dearborn, U.S.A. and great granddaughter (through her mother's side) of Major-General Henry Dearborn, commanding general of the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 and secretary of war during President Jefferson's administration. (Ref: "Civil War Record of Brown University", 1920). CONDITION: Earring screw-backs replaced with gold-filled fittings. Original gold mountings with minimal wear. Cameos in very good condition. Cameo to left on tiara with possible interior fracture. Case does not fully close.
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