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Brooch

Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    North Yorkshire (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1875 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Jet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs C. Ball

  • Museum number:

    M.63-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Jet brooch.

Place of Origin

North Yorkshire (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1875 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Jet

Dimensions

Height: 2.9 cm, Width: 6.7 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Historical context note

The increasing rigidity of mourning conventions during the reign of Queen Victoria gave great encouragement to the manufacture of black jewellery. Expensive work in black-enamelled gold was made by hand. Jet was much in demand, and the workshops in Whitby, Yorkshire, near the main source of the material, produced articles which often comprised hand-carved details applied to mass-produced bodies turned on lathes. Mass production methods, and the use of substitute materials, brought mourning jewellery within reach of all but the poorest. Although pieces were often made from cast black glass, or 'French jet', mounted on metal, or from vulcanite, this piece is of jet.

Descriptive line

Jet brooch, Britain (probably North Yorkshire), about 1875

Subjects depicted

Mourning

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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