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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
Item Number: 221662
KSHS Identifier: 1965.8.60
Collections - Museum
Date - 1861-1869
Home and Family - Death and funerals
Objects and Artifacts - Personal Artifacts - Adornment - Brooch
Places - Counties - Pottawatomie
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts