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Frontlet: M.3-1992

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Base metal milled or stamped, assembled, gilt and set with four rows of emerald pastes: closely spaced; smaller, spaced; small in groups of three; and large oval closely spaced. A pin has been soldered to the back. A tortoiseshell comb, formerly attached to the lower edge, accompanies it.


History note: This belonged to Amelia Gresley Hellicar (1809-1895) wife of Robert Ball, (1802-1857) naturalist, of Dublin, the donor’s great-grandmother. She wore it when she and her husband attended court at Dublin Castle.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Stella Barnes

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.5 cm
Width: 18.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992-04-27) by Barnes, Stella F., Mrs


Production date: circa AD 1820

Components of the work

Decoration composed of pastes ( emerald)
Setting composed of gilt metal ( gilt) pinchbeck ( possibly) brass (alloy) ( possibly)
Comb composed of tortoise shell

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1992
Primary reference Number: 119199
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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