Cameo, Cameo by George W. Jamison (American, New York 1810–1868 Yonkers, New York), Helmet-conch shell, gold, and enamel, American

Cameo

Maker:
Cameo by George W. Jamison (American, New York 1810–1868 Yonkers, New York)
Maker:
Metalwork by William Rose (active 1839–50)
Date:
ca. 1835
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Helmet-conch shell, gold, and enamel
Dimensions:
2 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (6.4 x 5.7 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Purchase, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.562
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
The helmet-conch-shell cameo with a bust of Andrew Jackson, cut in about 1835 by George W. Jamison, is an elegant tribute to the seventh president. Reflecting the "cameo fever" that first swept Europe in the late eighteenth century, it is inscribed with Jackson's oft-quoted slogan, THE UNION / IT MUST AND / SHALL BE / PRESERVED.
Signature: [signed below the cavetto]: GJ (in relief)

Inscription: [enameled border inscribed in gold]: THE UNION / IT MUST AND / SHALL BE / PRESERVED.