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Caduceus Brooch: M.5 & A-1983

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Current Location: In storage


Caduceus Brooch


Maker: Giuliano, Ferdinand
Retailer: Cameron, Beatrice




Gold, cast and engraved in the shape of an openwork caduceus, enamelled in red, green and white and set with a white topaz and open-set amber-coloured grossular garnet. Reverse engraved with details of snakeskin and feathers. In original cream leather case (A), the silk lining of the lid printed in black with ‘BEATRICE CAMERON/102, MOUNT STREET, W/Art Jewellery by FERDINAND GIULIANO’.


History note: Wartski, 14 Grafton Streeet, London, W1

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.7 cm
Width: 3.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-01) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


20th Century, Early
Edward VII
Circa 1903 - 1910


Carlo Giuliano and his two sons were not the only members of the Giuliano family working in London. Although less is known about this side of the family, Carlo Snr’s brother Federico came to London some time after him and worked for him before setting up his own business, registering a mark at Goldsmiths’ Hall on 24 February 1876 from 4 South Crescent, Store Street. In 1883 this business moved to 24 Howland Street, at which time it became a partnership between Federico and another relative, Ferdinand (sometimes Ferdinando) Giuliano. By 1903 the business had shut down and Federico returned to Naples, where he died in 1913. After the dissolution of the company, Ferdinand sold his jewellery through Beatrice Cameron’s retail premises in Mount Street, as can be seen from the interior of this brooch's original case. The caduceus (in mythology, the symbol of Hermes, two snakes wound around a winged staff ) seems to have been especially popular among the Giuliano family. A plain gold and chased version is in the British Museum, and a gold and enamelled caduceus brooch topped with a pearl, by Carlo Jnr and Arthur Alphonse, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of garnet ( amber-coloured grossular) enamel ( red, green and white) topaz ( white)
Case composed of leather ( cream)
Case Lid Lining composed of silk

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On lining of lid of case
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 9506 odo 8130A IAM
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5 & A-1983
Primary reference Number: 119098
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 August 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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