Brooch

1750-1850 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a silver filigree brooch. Filigree is a simple technique that takes advantage of the fact that silver and gold wire are easy to bend. Jewellery makers form plain, twisted or plaited wire into delicate designs which are sometimes fragile. This brooch has been damaged at the upper edge and at some point someone has tried to fix it by applying some silver solder.
The filigree technique was widely used in antiquity, has been popular in Europe for centuries and is still used in many parts of the world. It can therefore be difficult to date.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver filigree
Brief Description
Horizontal silver filigree brooch, Germany, 1750-1850.
Physical Description
Horizontal oval silver filigree brooch in a stylised floral pattern. There are traces of three rings along the lower edge, which would originally have held pendants.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.3cm
  • Width: 6.8cm
  • Depth: 0.7cm
Subject depicted
Summary
This is a silver filigree brooch. Filigree is a simple technique that takes advantage of the fact that silver and gold wire are easy to bend. Jewellery makers form plain, twisted or plaited wire into delicate designs which are sometimes fragile. This brooch has been damaged at the upper edge and at some point someone has tried to fix it by applying some silver solder.

The filigree technique was widely used in antiquity, has been popular in Europe for centuries and is still used in many parts of the world. It can therefore be difficult to date.
Collection
Accession Number
84-1872

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record createdDecember 7, 2002
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