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Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved gold set with hair

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss A. Kelsey

  • Museum number:

    M.21-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D6, box 6

The Victorians continued the custom of using hair jewellery in gifts of love and remembrance. Queen Victoria both wore and gave jewellery set with hair. Hair curls were set in more modest mounts than before.

Physical description

Gold brooch enclosing the hair - perhaps of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) and his wife Sophia - commemorated in the inscription. The back inscribed Sir Marc Isambard Brunel died Decr 1849. Aged 80. Sophia Brunel, Died Jany 1855, Aged 79

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1855 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraved gold set with hair

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed Sir Marc Isambard Brunel died Decr 1849. Aged 80. Sophia Brunel, Died Jany 1855, Aged 79
The back

Dimensions

Height: 2.9 cm, Width: 4.6 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) and his wife Sophia (d.1855) were Isambard Kingdom Brunel's parents. Sir Marc Isambard Brunel was a noted engineer and inventor in his own right.

Descriptive line

Gold brooch perhaps enclosing the hair of Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849) and his wife Sophia. The back inscribed and dated, England, 1855

Materials

Gold; Human hair

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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