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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1835-50 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped metal openwork set with foiled topaz and chrysoberyl

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.33:1 to 3-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 17, shelf C, box 5 []

By the 1850s the jewellery trade had been transformed by consumer demand and technological innovation. Traditional techniques such as casting, chasing and engraving continued in high fashion pieces, but newer industrial methods created cheaper products for a mass market.

Flatted gold, rolled through machinery to a very thin sheet, could be stamped to make multiple standard components. Through the use of stamped collets, even the setting of gemstones required less handwork.

The expansion of the jewellery trade in Britain also benefited from the legalisation of three lower standards of gold alloys in 1854.

Physical description

Brooch with two pendants, stamped openwork set with foiled topaz and chrysoberyl. One pendant is attached to the brooch and the other suspended from a chain.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1835-50 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stamped metal openwork set with foiled topaz and chrysoberyl

Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm, Width: 5.4 cm, Depth: 2.2 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch with two pendants, stamped openwork set with foiled topaz and chrysoberyl, England, about 1835-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Shirley Bury, Jewellery 1789-1910, The International Era, Vol. 1. p.288, plate149

Materials

Topaz; Chrysoberyl

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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