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Brooch with miniature of sailing vessel flying the American flag, American, circa 1840

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Brooch with miniature of sailing vessel flying the American flag
American, circa 1840
Watercolor-on-ivory with original beveled crystal and gold filled frame with scrolled border and heart corners,
  x 1 inch

This brooch belongs to a rare category of American folk art jewelry consisting of tiny watercolor-on-ivory images of non-portraits. The other known examples include military, friendship, religious, and political subjects.