09-10-2013 09-10-2013
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2671B Boston
September 10, 2013 10:00 AMCalender

Antique Natural Pearl Necklace

Auction: Fine Jewelry - 2671B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 10, 2013 10:00AM


Antique Natural Pearl Necklace, composed of 353 pearls ranging in size from approx. 3.50 to 4.80 mm, completed by an old mine-cut diamond barrel clasp, lg. 57 1/4 in., within a heart-shape box for Marcus & Co.

Note: Accompanied by a Pearl Report from The Gem & Pearl Laboratory dated July 5, 2013, stating that the pearls are natural, saltwater.

Provenance: Lucretia Perry Osborn from her husband Henry Fairfield Osborn on their 25th wedding anniversary. Henry Fairfield Osborn was a renowned geologist and paleontologist, and presidednt of the American Museum of Natural History for twenty-five years. He described and named the Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1905, and the Velociraptor in 1924, and won numerous awards for his work in paleontology. Lucretia Perry Osborn, a descendant of Commodore Perry, was described in her obituary as "a mother as well as a hostess, society woman, authoress, traveler, and 'ideal wife'"; a "Genuine Grand Dame".
Estimate $25,000-30,000

Box monogrammed LPO from HFO 1881-1906

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