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This oval-shaped, black celluloid cameo brooch depicts the bust of a Classical-style woman. The donor, Clara May Hesse, was born in 1884. Her parents, William and Rebecca Hesse, were among the earliest settlers to Pottawatomie County, Kansas, having bought their farm from Pottawatomie Indians. It is possible that this is a piece of mourning jewelry.

Date: between 1860 and 1880

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Item Number: 221662
KSHS Identifier: 1965.8.60

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