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Brooch

Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Malta (made)

  • Date:

    1866 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with applied and open filigree

  • Museum number:

    1455-1873

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This brooch was bought by the Museum at the International Exhibition, London in 1872 for seven shillings as an example of traditional Maltese jewellery.

It is much more typical of the type of jewellery produced for sale to foreigners, particularly the British. In the 19th century Malta was an important centre for filigree jewellery. The Maltese themselves preferred gold, but vast quantities of silver filigree were produced commercially and promoted at international exhibitions such as that of 1872. This work was strongly influenced by Italian jewellery, and many of the leading silversmiths in Malta were of Italian extraction. This brooch shows clear links to the kind of archaeological jewellery being produced in Rome at the time, such as the presence of the Latin word ‘Pace’ (peace), and the use of numerous rings of applied twisted wire. This technique was known as ‘Etruscan’ work in Britain.

Physical description

Silver filigree brooch, consisting of a central dome of sheet silver surrounded by a ring of nine similar smaller domes. Each dome is decorated with applied wire rings and has a strip of corded wire round its base. The large central dome has the word PACE applied to its centre, and the smaller domes each have a granule. There is a small double coil ring of twisted wire, with a granule in the centre, on the rim between each of the smaller domes. On the lower edge there are three pendants made from small domes similar to those on the brooch, one of two domes in the centre, with a single dome pendant on either side.

Place of Origin

Malta (made)

Date

1866 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver with applied and open filigree

Marks and inscriptions

PACE
Peace
Applied to front of brooch

Maltese cross
Mark for 917 standard silver, Malta, 1857-1920.
On loop of catch.

Partial mark in curved frame, possibly '10'.
Date letter for 1866.
On loop of catch.

Illegible marks.
Marks of maker and assay master.
On loop of catch.

Descriptive line

Silver brooch with applied filigree and the word 'PACE', Malta, 1866.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Filigree

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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