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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855-73 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Emanuel, Harry (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, enamel, pearls and hair

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Dorothy Simmons

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf C, box 8

In addition to hearts and cupids, love could be expressed through many other symbols: flowers, hands, anchors, knots, musical instruments or as here nesting birds. The 'language of flowers' was much used. Ivy represented friendship, fidelity and marriage. The Forget-me-not, used on this jewel, stood for true love.

Physical description

Brooch, gold plaques decorated with composition of a bird, a nest with eggs ( pearls), and forget-me-nots ( enamelled in blue). Fitted with a locket back which contains a lock of hair.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1855-73 (made)


Emanuel, Harry (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, enamel, pearls and hair


Height: 4.5 cm, Width: 4.1 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Brooch, gold plaques decorated with compositions of a bird, a nest with eggs, and forget-me-nots, possibly made by Harry Emanuel of London, England, about 1855-73


Gold; Enamel; Pearl; Hair

Subjects depicted

Forget-me-nots; Nests; Eggs; Birds; Flowers




Metalwork Collection

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