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Stick pin

Stick pin

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cadet-Picard, Auguste-Germain (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold and enamel with diamond sparks

  • Museum number:

    M.121-1984

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf A, box 12

Made by Auguste-Germain Cadet-Picard, who made and showed electrical pins invented by Trouvé at the Paris 1867 Exhibition. At this exhibition, jewels with moving parts powered by electricity attracted a lot of attention.

The jewel contains electric terminals so that, when connected to a battery concealed in the wearer's pocket, the eyes roll and the jaws snap.

Physical description

Stick pin in the form of a skull, gold and enamel with diamond sparks. The jewel contains electric terminals so that, when connected to a battery concealed in the wearer's pocket, the eyes roll and the jaws snap.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1867 (made)

Artist/maker

Cadet-Picard, Auguste-Germain (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold and enamel with diamond sparks

Marks and inscriptions

Eagle's' head
Paris restricted warranty mark used from 1847 on pin shaft

"Picard"
Mark of Auguste-Germain Cadet-Picard on pin shaft

"BREVETE SGDG
on pin shaft

DEPOSE
on pin shaft

Dimensions

Height: 9.2 cm, Width: 1.5 cm, Depth: 1.6 cm

Object history note

Paris restricted warranty mark used from 1847. Mark of Auguste-Germain Cadet-Picard, who made and showed electrical pins invented by Trouvé at the Paris 1867 Exhibition. The jewel contains electric terminals so that, when connected to a battery concealed in the wearer's pocket, the eyes roll and the jaws snap.

Descriptive line

Stick pin in the form of a skull, gold and enamel with diamond sparks, containing electric terminals that can animate the skull's eyes and jaw, mark of Auguste-Germain Cadet-Picard, France about 1867

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Diamond

Subjects depicted

Skulls

Categories

Jewellery; Death; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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