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Catalog Number 01.C.24
Object Name Pin
Title Cameo Pin with Portrait of James Hall
Artist Unknown
Date 19th c.
Description Rectangular cameo with profile portrait bust of James Hall, in gold setting.
Label This cameo pin depicts James Hall, journalist and attorney. Hall, born in Philadelphia in 1793, developed a keen interest in the American West, and he eventually moved to Illinois, where he edited journals and published his own stories of the frontier. Hall was also an attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, which provided him with his lifelong nickname, "Judge" Hall. When the Marquis de Lafayette paid a visit to Hall's town of Shawneetown, Illinois, Hall gave an address celebrating the notable Revolutionary War hero. Cameos were very popular items of jewelry in the 19th century, inspired by the "cameo craze" in England and Continental Europe. This cameo may have been made as a memorial to James Hall after his death in 1868.
Material Agate and gold
Dimensions H-1.375 W-1 D-0.25 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society. Gift of Mrs. Lyle L. Jenne, 29 June 1970.
Search Terms 19th century
nineteenth century