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Winged scarab Brooch, 1907

This is a Brooch. It was made by Charles Horner Ltd., English, 1867-1984. It is dated 1907 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is silver, enamel. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This jewelry by Charles Horner, whose Halifaxbased factory produced high quality silver items for the middle market, shows iridescent enamels in green and blue tones popular in the early twentieth century. The use of the moth motif reflects French art nouveau inspiration and multi-colored enamel replicates the iridescence of genuine insect wings.

It is credited Gift of Harry C. Sigman.

  • Box, 1928
  • lapis lazuli, calibre-cut and other diamonds, frosted rock crystal, jadeite,....
  • Lent by Private Collection.
  • 13.2016.92

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

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  • Vanity Case, ca. 1925
  • enamel, lapis lazuli, gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, platinum, mirrored....
  • Lent by Private Collection.
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Its dimensions are

Height x Length: 1.9 x 4.4 cm (3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside; C.H in a rectangle, Chester town mark, sterling, and illegible date possibly 1909.

Cite this object as

Winged scarab Brooch, 1907; Made by Charles Horner Ltd. ; England; silver, enamel; Height x Length: 1.9 x 4.4 cm (3/4 x 1 3/4 in.); Gift of Harry C. Sigman; 2013-21-26

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