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Friendship or mourning brooch: M.75-1984

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gold, clear pastes, seed pearls, hair and glass. Of pointed oval form with a paste-set border, enclosing under a convex glass, an arrangement of ribbons, a medallion bearing the initials 'IA', a lamb or dog, a medallion inscribed 'FIDELITY' and swags on a brown hair ground; pin fastening and loop for suspension as a pendant on the back.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.5 cm
Width: 2.8 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: circa AD 1790

Components of the work

Part composed of hair ( brown) pastes ( clear) pearls gold glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IA
  • Location: Medallion
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: FIDELITY
  • Location: Medallion
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.75-1984
Primary reference Number: 169666
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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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