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Brooch

Brooch

  • Date:

    1883 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs John Hull Grundy

  • Museum number:

    M.31-1977

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125b, case 1

Object Type
'Name' brooches bearing inscriptions such as 'Baby', as on this brooch, 'Bella' or 'Beatrice' were made in large numbers in the late 19th century.

Time
The production of silver increased dramatically in the Victorian period, and mass production meant that silver jewellery could be bought by a much wider public. In the early 1880s, when this brooch was designed, the world annual production of silver was three times as high as it had been in the 1850s.

Design & Designing
The manufacturer of this brooch has stamped a design registration mark (a lozenge shape) on the back. There is also a minute version of the mark (in reverse) just beneath the back handle of the cradle. Under the Copyright of Design Act passed in 1842 the registration mark was intended to protect the design from being copied by other manufacturers for three years. The information contained in the mark shows that the design of the brooch was registered in 1883. In 1884 a new act took effect that abolished the lozenge mark and introduced a number sequence.

Date

1883 (designed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stamped silver

Dimensions

Height: 1.8 cm, Width: 4.6 cm

Descriptive line

'Baby' brooch

Labels and date

British Galleries:
MOTHER' AND 'BABY' BROOCHES

Brooches such as these would have been given as sentimental gifts on the birth of a child. Silver brooches were cheap to produce and were very popular by the 1880s. However the applied gold letters and flowers on the 'Mother' brooch made this one more expensive. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

Design registration mark for 1883

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Birth

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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