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brooch

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1978,1002.994

  • Description

    Brooch in the shape of a Maltese Cross, struck in silver, with a man wrestling with an eagle and with an inscription.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1915
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 3.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        JOURNEE DU POILU 1915/ R. LALIQUE
  • Curator's comments

    Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 371:
    Poilu, literally meaning hairy, was a colloquial term for soldiers in the First World War.The spread eagle is an emblem of Germany. Parliament designated 25-6 December 1915 as 'Journee du Poilu' and various badges and medals were made for the occasion.
    Designed by René Lalique. (Charlotte Gere)

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  • Bibliography

    • Gere et al 1984 371 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 February 1994

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Remove tarnish.

    Condition

    Jan.1984 Req.21727:tarnished.CRE 21.10.85:tarnished.IMM July 1991:tarnished.CRE 21.2.94 Req.54595:brown tarnish.PMP

    Treatment details

    Jan.1984 Req.21727:tarnish removed with Hotel silver dip (acidified thiourea) and bristle brush.Washed in tap water.Dried through acetone.CRE 21.10.85:Tarnish was removed using Goddards Hotel Silver Dip by immersion and brushing. Washed in running tap water. Dried with kleenex tissue and hot air from blower.Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.IMM July 1991:re-patinated with Argento platine (potassium polysulphide,sodium sulphide,selenium)Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.CRE 21.2.94 Req.54595:Front:Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.( so as not to damage patination).Back:Tarnish removed using Goddards hotel silver dip applied using cotton wool swabs. Rinsed with distilled water / solvent on cotton wool swabs.Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.Brushed with a soft brush.PMP

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: First World War
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1978,1002.994

  • Additional IDs

    • HG.994 (masterlist number)

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