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Jewellery Design

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    London

  • Date:

    ca 1860s

  • Artist/Maker:

    Firm of John Brogden

  • Museum number:

    E.2:93-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 15

This design comes from 'The Brogden Album', the album contained 1,593 designs for jewellery and goldsmith's work, mainly in colour and dating between 1848 and 1884. It is a unique record of the years in which John Brogden, an internationally celebrated 'art goldsmith and jeweller worked first in partnership and then as owner-director of his own firm. This was a period of great diversity in fashionable jewellery, and the Brogden firm where noted for their skill in designing and creating a range of styles.

The firm was founded by John Brogden the elder in about 1796. From about 1824 to 1831 it was styled 'Brogden and Garland' and thereafter until 1841 'Garland and Watherston'. The younger Brogden, the son of Thomas Brogden and presumably a relative of the founder, served an apprenticeship to J.W. garland as a goldsmith and jeweller from 1834 to 1841. Following Garland's departure, the remaining partner, J.H. Watherston, removed the firm to new premises at 16 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden and in 1848 joined forces with the younger Brogden.

Physical description

Rectangular card with a coloured print of a medal presented to Florence Nightingale by Queen Victoria. The medal consists of an oval centre with the cross of Saint George inlaid with diamonds in the shape of a crown and the initials V.R. A navy frame surrounds the central ornament and depicts gold lettering which reads 'BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL'. Three stars inlaid with diamonds sit at the top of the medal. Bunches of slender, green leaves ornament the medal at either side. At the bottom is a gold-trimmed, blue enamel, heraldic ribbon on which is inscribed in gold 'CRIMEA'.

Place of Origin

London

Date

ca 1860s

Artist/maker

Firm of John Brogden

Descriptive line

Design for jewellery, by the firm of John Brogden, about 1860

Categories

Designs; Jewellery

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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