Gold, Silver, Diamond, and Natural Pearl Bracelet
ca. 1895; the rhodium-plated gold and silver graduated open-work bracelet set with old mine-cut diamonds, the largest weighing approx. 1.00 ct.; further set with additional old mine-cut diamonds and rose-cut diamonds; diamonds approx. 10.00 tcw.; flanked by 44 graduated natural pearls ranging in size from approx. 7.91 to 4.40 mm.; 41.96 dwts.; wd. 1 in. - 5/8 in.; lg. 7 in.

Provenance: Mrs. Thomas A. Scott (Anna Riddle), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to her daughter, Mrs. Clement B. Newbold (Mary Dickinson Scott), by descent in the family.

Other Notes: Accompanied by GIA report no. 2195246377 dated April 11, 2018 stating that all 10 pearls tested are natural, saltwater, pinctada species.

Anna Riddle Scott (1839-1901) was a 19th century Philadelphia socialite and wife of Pennsylvania Railroad President, Thomas A. Scott. Mr. Scott famously wooed Ms. Riddle while she was being courted by his underling at the Pennsylvania Railroad, Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie, having brought "his Annie" to meet his superior at the Railroad, quickly regretted it, noting that Scott "was older, a widower, and one of the handsomest and most entertaining men in the United States". It did not take long for Ms. Riddle to fall for Mr. Scott and the two married in 1861. The Scotts kept a primary residence in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, a country home in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and a summer home in Bar Harbor, Maine. Mrs. Scott's 1901 obituary stated, "in the death of Mrs. Scott Philadelphia's fashionable society loses one of its charming leaders."

Mrs. Scott had an impressive jewelry collection, with a particular affinity for natural pearls. We are pleased to offer in The Spring Auction six pieces of jewelry from Mrs. Scott's collection, including an important natural pearl and diamond bracelet (lot 239) and a natural pearl and diamond brooch (lot 238) by J.E. Caldwell & Company, the Philadelphia jewelry from whom the Scott's purchased much of their jewelry.

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June 3, 2018 12:00 PM EDT
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