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Brooch: M.55 & A & B & C-1982

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Hunt and Roskell (Maker)


Gold, cast and chased in the form of a spray of dog roses, the larger flower with oxidised petals, with leaves and throned stem, the brooch pin fastening detachable by means of a screw attachment, which can instead be replaced by a two-pronged hair pin (B), stored in a compartment at the bottom of the original maroon velvet case (C), the lid of which is lined with white silk and stamped in gold with remnants of the maker's name and address.


History note: Purchased by Mrs Hull Grundy from Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, London, W1.

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Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1982) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


Production date: circa AD 1850


Hunt & Roskell designed and made pieces at a large manufactory that employed over 100 men near Clerkenwell before retailing them in its impressive showroom at 156 New Bond Street. The firm focussed on producing jeweller in a more traditional style, such as this floral brooch, which also doubles as a hair pin once its fittings are changed. In the contemporary language of flowers, this thorny dog rose conveyed both the pleasure and the pain of love.

Components of the work

Case composed of velvet ( maroon) Case Lining composed of silk ( white) Brooch composed of gold Height 9 cm Width 7 cm
Pin Length 12.1 cm

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Accession number: M.55 & A & B & C-1982
Primary reference Number: 168436
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 28 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

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

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