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Comb

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer)
    Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, set with garnets

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.214-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 28, shelf D, box 1

Henry Wilson's jewellery is distinctive for its rich colour combinations worked in stones and enamel, and its sculptural qualities. Like many other Arts and Crafts designers, including C.R. Ashbee, Wilson trained originally as an architect. He became interested in metals in the early 1890s, and went on to teach at the Royal College of Art, publishing a practical manual Silverwork and Jewellery in 1903.

Wilson created his jewels with the help of several talented craftsmen who were employed in his workshop. Some, including John Paul Cooper and H.G. Murphy, went on to have successful independent careers in metalwork or jewellery.

Physical description

Comb, silver, set with garnets. The head of the comb decorated with a pierced medallion of a crab, the symbol of the zodialogical sign Cancer; set with cabochon garnets.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (designer)
Wilson, Henry, born 1864 - died 1934 (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, set with garnets

Dimensions

Height: 14.1 cm, Width: 4.9 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Descriptive line

Comb, silver, set with garnets, decorated with a pierced medallion of a crab, the symbol of the zodiac sign Cancer, designed by Henry Wilson and made at his workshop, England, about 1900

Materials

Silver; Garnet

Subjects depicted

Astrology (concept); Cancer; Mythology; Crab (crustacean); Astrology

Categories

Jewellery; Personal accessories; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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