Edward A. Tyler American

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This brooch belongs to a demi-parure that also includes matching earrings (2001.232.2a, b). A gold hemisphere decorated with stippling and geometric black enamel is further embellished with a scalloped border and three articulated pendants with spherical finials. The demi-parure retains its original brown leather case with maroon satin and velvet interior. The inner lid of the case is stamped in gold "E.A. Tyler/ 15 Canal St. / NEW Orleans" with an eagle holding a watch in its beak.

Boston-trained jeweler Edward A. Tyler relocated in 1838 to New Orleans, where he established a successful business. In 1866 he won a gold medal at the Louisiana State Fair for his "chaste and elegant designs of home-made jewelry, manufactured in his own establishment."

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