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  • Place of origin:

    Dublin (made)

  • Date:

    1853 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    G. & S. Waterhouse (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Parcel-gilt metal, partly oxidised

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 20, shelf A, box 1

This brooch, modelled on the Irish 'Moor' brooch dated from 700-800 A.D, was made by the firm of G&S Waterhouse of Dublin who specialised in reviving and adapting antiquarian Celtic jewellery.

In Ireland scaled-down reproductions of celebrated medieval brooches in the Dublin collections were sold from the 1840s as shawl-pins and brooches. The V&A (then called the Museum of Manufactures) bought examples of these reproductions from the 1851 Great Exhibition and the 1853 Irish Industrial Exhibition.

Physical description

Brooch, gilded and partly oxidised silver. Copy of the 'Moor' brooch, Ireland, about 700-800

Place of Origin

Dublin (made)


1853 (made)


G. & S. Waterhouse (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Parcel-gilt metal, partly oxidised


Height: 5.7 cm, Width: 6.1 cm, Depth: 0.9 cm

Object history note

Made by G & S Waterhouse of Dublin. Purchased by the Museum from the Irish Industrial Exhibition of 1853

Descriptive line

Brooch, Ireland, Dublin, 1853; made by G.&S. Waterhouse; gilded and partly oxidised silver; copy of the 'Moor' brooch, Ireland, about 700-800; bought at the Irish Industrial Exhibition, Dublin, 1853




Gilded; Oxidised


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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