Brooch (probably England), 1870–80
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
It is credited
Gift of Janet Mavec.
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), 1870–80; 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.