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Brooch with matching earrings in a case: M.5A-D-2001

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Brooch with matching earrings in a case


Maker: Unknown




Gold, the brooch (A) set with garnets and pearls, and having in the back a glass-covered compartment enclosing hair; the earrings (B & C) set with a garnet (or ruby) and pearls; the shaped case (D) of maroon leather, with dark blue velvet and royal blue silk lining. The brooch has an oval medallion in the centre on which is an applied spray of paired leaves of graduated sizes set with seed pearls. At its base there is a gold bead, and at the top a lozenge set with a pearl. On the central stem are three spaced cut garnets (or rubies) in wavy edged rectangular settings. The medallion is surrounded by a three-lobed scrolled cartouche, on which, on each side lobe, is a spray of three leaves with six graduated beads at the top, and on the bottom lobe, a bead flanked by three graduated beads. Below there is a triangular 'bootlace' fringe and at the top, two ribbon scrolls topped by a bead. The oval, glass-covered compartment in the back encloses an untidy curl of mid-brown hair. The two earrings are of similar form but smaller, set with a single garnet (or ruby) with a pearl-set lozenge above and below, and with only two leaves on the sprays on each side. They have a triangular 'bootlace' fringe below, and a spool, shell, and bead attached to the suspension hook at the top. The case appears to be the original.


History note: Purchased from Gatwoods of Hitchin, 20 Market Place, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1DU

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2001-10-08) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1860 CE - 1865 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Compartment composed of hair ( brown)
Case composed of velvet ( dark blue) leather ( maroon) silk (textile) ( royal blue) Height 3.5 cm Length 12.8 cm Width 9.8 cm
Earrings composed of ruby ( or garnet) garnet ( or ruby) pearl gold Height 5.8 cm Width 1.8 cm
Brooch composed of garnet pearl gold glass Height 7.2 cm Width 3.6 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5A-D-2001
Primary reference Number: 37867
Entry form number: 162
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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