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Jewels commemorating the dead were widely worn in the decades around 1700. Stark imagery such as skeletons, skulls and winged hourglasses were frequently used. In this case a skeleton lies on a coffin inscribed 'I rest' while two angels hold the deceased's initials - MT - in gold wire aloft. The background is a panel of woven hair, while the decorative elements were produced as standard components in stamped and enamelled gold.