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Pair of earrings: M.4A & B-1984

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Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Conch shell surrounded by iron pyrites (marcasites) set in silver openwork. Each earring is composed of two convex oval pieces of shell, surrounded by iron pyrites, and flanked by two small silver openwork leaves set with iron pyrites. A figure-of-eight of silver is attached to the hinged ring which passes through the ear from the back.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.2 cm
Width: 2.2 cm

Relative size of this object

2.2 cm2.2 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984-01-30) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs

Dating

Late 18th century
George III
Circa 1790 CE - 1800 1800 CE

Components of the work

Part: composed of shell ( conch shell) marcasite ( iron pyrites) Setting: composed of silver ( openwork)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4A & B-1984
Primary reference Number: 119198
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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