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Brooch: M.38-1984

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Giuliano, Federico




Gold, cast and chased in the shape of a twig bearing four oak leaves and an acorn, engraved, matted and set with a pearl. Pin fastening across the back.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.9 cm
Width: 5.9 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


Circa 1876 CE - 1903 CE


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 the case containing a Giuliano caduceus brooch (M.5 & A-1983). Federico and Ferdinand Giuliano’s work is rarely signed or marked, although this gold and pearl acorn brooch is marked ‘F.G’ and is close in style to other pieces by them. It is also a good example of a piece of jewellery designed around a single element, in this case a pearl shaped like an acorn.

Components of the work

Part composed of pearl gold
Pin composed of silver

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Mark of Federico Giuliano

  • Text: F.G
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: Gold quality

  • Text: 18
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.38-1984
Primary reference Number: 119109
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 28 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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