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Pendant: M.17 & A-2000

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Probably)




Gold, hair, seed pearls and glass. Octagonal gold frame containing on one side a curl of pale greyish-brown hair with near its narrow end, a trefoil of gold wire, and a long curved wavy, two strand twisted wire, over a white ridged background. On the other side there is light brown hair arranged in four different directions, with over it in the centre the initials, AA, in seed pearls. At the top on an angle there is loop and a facetted ring for suspension. The circular box (A) covered in dark blue leather, lined with purple velvet and white silk, was not made for the pendant.


History note: Anne Armstrong (1830-?1910), unmarried sister of Matilda Barnes, the donor's husband's grandmother

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Stella Barnes

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.5 cm
Width: 3.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000) by Barnes, Stella


Mid-19th Century
Circa 1840 CE - 1860 CE


Probably English, or Irish, The initials AA stand for Anne Armstrong.

Components of the work

Pendant composed of seed pearls hair gold glass
Box Lining composed of silk (textile) velvet
Box composed of leather

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: label on a string

  • Location: Inside box
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label
  • Text: AA
  • Location: On one side of pendant
  • Method of creation: In seed pearls
  • Type: Initials

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.17 & A-2000
Primary reference Number: 28457
Entry form number: 140
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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