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Slide

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold with hair under rock crystal

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Frank Ward

  • Museum number:

    M.11-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D1, box 11

Jewels commemorating the dead were widely worn during the 17th century. From the inscription on the back of this slide, which is partially in latin, we know that it was made in memory of a child with the initials IC who had died on the 6th July (year not recorded) aged 3 years and 8 months.

Imagery such as skeletons, skulls and winged hourglasses were frequently used for such jewellery, produced as standard components in stamped and enamelled gold. Hair was also often incorporated.

The slide was a very popular type of jewel at this date. Fitted with two flat loops at the back, a ribbon of silk or woven hair would be threaded through enabling it to be worn around the neck or wrist.

Physical description

Gold slide, with an enamelled skeleton holding an arrow with the initials IC on a background of hair under rock crystal. Engraved on the back IC OBT 6 JUL AETA 3 YE 8 MO.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold with hair under rock crystal

Marks and inscriptions

IC
initials

IC OBT 6 JUL AETA 3 YE 8 MO
Engraved on the back.

Dimensions

Height: 2.1 cm, Width: 2.3 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Descriptive line

Gold slide, with an enamelled skeleton holding an arrow with the initials IC on a background of hair under crystal, engraved on the back IC OBT 6 JUL AETA 3 YE 8 MO, made in England, about 1700.

Materials

Gold; Enamel; Hair; Rock crystal

Subjects depicted

Arrows; Mourning; Skeleton

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death; Children & Childhood; Accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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