A pendant is a piece of jewlry held on a necklace or chain. Mothers often had minature portraits dine of their love ones such as husbands and children. I am not sure when European women began wearing these pendants. We suspect that they became popular in the 18th century, but this is just a guess at this time. They certainly were popular throughout the 19th century. After mid-century photographic pendants also appeared. Thus the paintings and photographs are another source of information on children's clothing. Of cource because they were small, the amount of clothing detail is limited. Pendants are similar to lockets, but they have only one face and do not lock shut. We have no information about the American portrait on the pendant here. We would guess that it was probably done in the 1830s, in part because by the 1840s collars began to become smaller. They had by the 1850s becomne quite small.
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