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Brooch - Brooch


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Algeria (made)

  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-plated brass decorated with applied wire and set with red and blue pastes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is part of a group which was acquired in 1902 as an example of the traditional jewellery of Algeria. It is more likely that these pieces were made as souvenirs.

The V&A had been collecting traditional jewellery of all kinds, then usually called peasant jewellery, throughout the second half of the 19th century, and had already acquired some similar Algerian pieces in 1870. Despite their appearance these pieces are quite different from true Algerian traditional jewellery, which tends to be larger, heavier, and usually made of silver, rather than silver-plated brass, as here.

Physical description

Crescent-shaped brooch of silver-plated brass with a rosette between the horns of the crescent. Four small drop-shaped pendants hang from its lower edge, with a larger one in the centre. All parts are decorated with a design of thick applied wire, which holds round cabochons of red and blue opaque glass, imitating coral and turquoise (several missing).

Place of Origin

Algeria (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver-plated brass decorated with applied wire and set with red and blue pastes


Width: 4.3 cm, Length: 7 cm

Descriptive line

Silver-plated brass brooch shaped like a crescent moon and set with red and blue pastes, with five pendants, Algeria, 1850-1899.


Plated; Paste


Jewellery; Africa; Metalwork


Middle East Section

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