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

Description

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.

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