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Mourning Miniature for Ann Gilliam Blunt

Place Made:
Southampton County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
ivory, metal hair
HOA: 1 5/8; WOA: 1 1/16
Accession Number:
SUBJECT: A mourning miniature in memory of Ann Gilliam Blunt, who was the daughter of John Gilliam and the first wife of William Blunt, Jr. Ann married Blunt in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1788, and died just a year later. She had no children. Her husband William remarried in 1790 to Elizabeth, daughter of Cordall and Mary (Wilkinson) Norfleet of Greensville County. This marriage produced eight children. The second child, a daughter born in 1793, was named Ann Gilliam Blunt, presumably after the subject of this pin. This second Ann, who apparently inherited the pin of her namesake, married first Nathaniel Wilkinson and second Thomas Ridley II.

DESCRIPTION: Gold pin in pointed oval shape, with inset of painted ivory set behind glass. On reverse is plaited brown hair set behind glass. Brown on white picture shows gentleman in 18th century dress complete with knee length breeches, weeping into handkerchief. At the left is tomb with urn on top and inscription on face. Above the tomb flies a winged cherub. In the background are trees, and at the top an inscription banner.

Credit Line:
Given by Mrs. Gregory Tyler Hand in memory of Margaret Ridley