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  • Place of origin:

    Dublin (made)

  • Date:

    25/07/1849 (designed)
    ca. 1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    G. & S. Waterhouse (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Parcel-gilt metal

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 20, shelf A, box 2

This brooch, modelled on the Irish 'Arbutus berry' 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. The design for the brooch was registered on 25th July 1849 and the model was shown at a number of exhibitions.

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

Shawl brooch, parcel-gilt metal, penannular, decorated with three modelled berries. After the 'Arbutus berry' brooch, Ireland, about 700-800. Registry mark shows that the design was registered on 25th July 1849.

Place of Origin

Dublin (made)


25/07/1849 (designed)
ca. 1851 (made)


G. & S. Waterhouse (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Parcel-gilt metal

Marks and inscriptions

A Registry mark shows that the design was registered on 25th July 1849.


Height: 10.1 cm, Width: 5.7 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Made by G & S Waterhouse of Dublin. Examples of this design were shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Irish Industrial Exhibition.

Descriptive line

Copy of the 'Arbutus berry' brooch, parcel-gilt metal, penannular decorated with three modelled berries, made by G. & S. Waterhouse, Ireland (Dublin), design registered 25 July 1849





Subjects depicted

Penannular; Berries


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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