Featured Object

In each issue, the bimonthly DAR magazine, American Spirit, highlights an object from the DAR Museum collection in its "National Treasures" feature. These objects, often recent accessions or important pieces in the current exhibit, always have a story to tell about American history.

National Treasures

Reviving the Stone

This stunning brooch and earrings set features emeralds and pearls set in gold with black enamel decorative details. Matching jewelry pieces—sometimes including necklaces and other pieces, but most often brooches and earrings—were extremely popular in the 1800s. Throughout the period many areas of design, from architecture to decorative arts such as jewelry, drew inspiration from the past. This set, which dates to the third quarter of the 19th century, is an example of the popular Renaissance Revival style. The use of enamel, the circular design and the pendants are borrowed directly from 16th-century jewelry designs. The ensemble was a gift of past Curator General Rolfe Towle Teague.

More National Treasures

Sitting Pretty

To the Rescue

Strange Brew

Tayloe Family Ties

Ornamental Trio

A Record to Remember

Strong Set

Fashion Flashback

Let's Go Ride a Bike

Rock-a-Bye

Isn't It Romantic

A Rockin' Good Toy

The Mystery of Mother and Child

Keep Cool

Dress for the Ages

Historical Register

Banjo Time

Getting Warmer

Virginia Map Quest

Serve It Up

Greatest Toy on Earth

Dress for the Day

Boston Uncommon

A Teapot to Revere

Seats of Honor

Birthday Threads

Clockwork

Play On

Top Drawer

Burning Bright

Seated in Revolution

Something to Crow About

Sister Stitch

Tea Time

Capturing Cherubs

A Link to the Past

Brushes with Fame

Something Borrowed

Supper Is Served

Stately Seats

Heirloom High Chest

Making Beautiful Music

Forged From Fire

For Madame's Trousseau

Let It Out

Heavenly Harmonies

Priceless Pooch

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