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Brooch (probably England)

This is a Brooch. It is dated 1870–80 and we acquired it in 2002. Its medium is gold. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This intriguing gold brooch is unsigned, but probably dates from the 1870s. Its abstract form is composed of cylindrical elements and rivet-like bosses. Slightly reminiscent of turbine parts or other industrial piping, the brooch is interesting as a proto-1920s machine-style piece.
Though the 19th century is an area of great strength within the museum’s jewelry collection, this would be the first acquisition of a piece of this design. Other examples in the collection from the same time period include pieces in the antique and other historical revival styles, sentimental Victorian pieces, and jewelry made of tortoiseshell, mosaics, and hair.

This object was donated by Janet Mavec. It is credited Gift of Janet Mavec.

  • Frame
  • cast and gilt bronze.
  • Gift of Jacob H. Schiff.
  • 1904-20-100
  • Brooch (USA)
  • metal, gilt, glass paste.
  • Museum purchase from Sarah Cooper Hewitt Fund.
  • 1992-103-1

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 2.6 x 5 x 2cm (1 x 1 15/16 x 13/16in.)

It has the following markings


It is signed


Cite this object as

Brooch (probably England); gold; H x W x D: 2.6 x 5 x 2cm (1 x 1 15/16 x 13/16in.); Gift of Janet Mavec; 2002-9-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: The Revolutions of 1848.

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