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Brooch

Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1750-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver filigree

  • Museum number:

    84-1872

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, made)

Date

1750-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver filigree

Dimensions

Height: 3.3 cm, Width: 6.8 cm, Depth: 0.7 cm

Descriptive line

Horizontal silver filigree brooch, Germany, 1750-1850.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Filigree

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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