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Object Name BROOCH
Title Cornelius Guard
Catalog Number 0985.13.00242
Date pre-1841
Description Ivory portrait miniture of a brown haired man set in a gold medallion with a twisted gold rope edging and a simple hasp catch.
Dimensions H-1.5 W-1.25 inches
Owned Robert Scott Guard; Mary Jane Bullard Guard
Owner Regiment 17th Virginia Infantry, Co. D
Provenance Miniature of Cornelius Guard, said to have been painted prior to 1841. It may have been painted on the occasion of his engagement to Mary Jane Bullard, as they were married on September 16, 1841.According to the donor, Cornelius Guard's wife (and the donor's mother), Mary Jane Bullard Guard, wore the miniature as a brooch for many years until the setting fell apart.

The portrait was carried into battle by their son, Robert Scott Guard, 17th Virginia Infantry, Co D. He enlisted in April 1861, and was captured at Five Forks on April 1, 1865; sent to Hart's Island, New York Harbor; and released after taking the oath on June 23, 1865. It is unknown if he carried this miniature with him the entire time. He was the only one of his brothers old enough to serve in the army.
People Guard, Cornelius
Guard, Robert Scott
Guard, Mary Jane Bullard [Mrs. Cornelius]
Bullard, Mary Jane
Subjects Art
Portrait miniatures