|Description: A sterling silver Scottish pebble bracelet set with blue/grey agate stones in a Greek Key pattern. Each segment is hinged with the next with one having a clasp that is set internally. Each piece is rectangular in shape although rounded to form the bracelet. The rectangles are set in a Greek Key pattern with 6 blue/grey agate rectangles. The silver setting has a foliated style design in the centre of each key and the outside edge is decorated with small hatch marks. Four of the rectangular pieces are missing stones. |
Scottish Pebble jewellery was popular from around 1840-1905 thanks in part to Queen Victoria's interest in all things Scottish. Her purchase of Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands; her insistence of all guests of the Great Exhibition Ball in 1851 to wear Scottish kilts; and her book "Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands", helped to romanticize Scotland as a popular tourist destination and influenced fashion trends. See: Ginny Redington Dawes and Corinne Davivov _Victorian Jewellery: Unexplored Treasures_ (Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 1991), 55-95."
These items were donated by Barbara Sayers Larson, the granddaughter of Arthur and Mary Harris of Benares. These items of jewellery are pieces handed down to her as gifts and through inheritances. This may have been purchased by Bessie Harris on an extended trip to Scotland in 1864 to visit her relatives or was a possible gift from one of the Harris aunts in Scotland. The exact provenance of each piece is unknown as much of the jewellery in the Harris family came from Captain Harrises relatives in Scotland. The pieces may have also been passed down through Mary Magrath Harris or the Draper family who were connected to the Harrises through the marriage of Annie Harris to Beverly Sayers.