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Love's Arrows: M.119-1985

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Love's Arrows


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Ivory sticks and guards in the form of arrows with circular cut steel framed peepholes in the flights, and circular eyeglass in both guards (19+2). Decorated with engraving to resemble feathers, covered with silver foil. A cream silk ribbon is threaded through a row of slits below the peepholes. Steel washers to the rivets. Reverse is undecorated.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Width: 25.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


Late 18th century
Louis XVI
Production date: circa AD/CE 1790

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon: composed of silk ribbon ( cream) Sticks And Guards: composed of silver foil ivory Eyeglass: composed of steel glass Rim Of Peepholes: composed of steel Guards: Length 14.1 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label printed in a circle with the words and above surrounding the number

  • Text: ROYAL SCOTTISH MUSEUM/ART & ETHNOGRAPHY printed in red surrounding 117 in black ink
  • Location: On back of first stick next to right guard
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.119-1985
Primary reference Number: 117704
Old catalogue number: DR 5/68
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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