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

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




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.


History note: Unknown before donor

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Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.2 cm
Width: 2.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1790 CE - 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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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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