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Jewelry and Scrapbook
Oak Park Illinois, early 20th century
Comprising fourteen pieces of jewelry in an Art Nouveau or Arts & Crafts style silver or metal setting, each set with hardstones or semiprecious stones, including ten stickpins, four necklaces including a choker; together with four assorted silver metal belt buckles with stylized geometric monograms, an Arts & Crafts style copper button mounted with a square hardstone; two loose necklace segments mounted with abalone and mother-of-pearl, a small rectangular brass plaque engraved "Jessie M. Preston Oak Park, Ill."; a scrapbook containing Jessie Preston's personal articles, including her birth certificate, her resumé, passport, letters of recommendation from various sources, and regarding her work with the Red Cross in 1918.
According to documents included in the scrapbook in this lot, Jessie M. Preston was born in Oak Park, Illinois, October 2, 1873. She was the daughter of a railroad engineer, a graduate and post-graduate at the Chicago Art Institute, with many years spent in the design and making of jewelry. She also lived in France for seventeen years and studied art in Paris at the Sorbonne.