In the early 19th century, exploding boilers were common on Mississippi Riverboats. In 1965, a damaged boiler on the Sultana exploded just north of Memphis, killing more than a thousand recently released Union Army POWs. We named these earrings in honor of those lost in US maritime history's most significant tragedy.
In this piece:
Two hand-carved Lady Washington mother-of-pearl buttons, made from Mississippi River mussel shells, circa 1950-1960
Silver-plated brass filigree stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies