- Museum number
Bracelet of openwork cast 'Berlin' ironwork with five classical figures in medallions.
- Production date
- 1820 (circa)
Length: 21.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 173:
One link of an identical bracelet is illustrated by Rosenberg (1896, lll, p. 44). The Hull Grundy bracelet may have been made by Geiss; the style and workmanship are consistent with the attribution, but the piece is not marked. This may be explained by the fact that iron jewellery was often made in large sets, or parures, consisting of a head-ornament, necklace, earrings, brooch and a pair of bracelets all cased together, of which only one piece would be marked. the attribution must remain tentative, however, as there were eventually forty-seven manufacturers of iron jewellery in Berlin alone. (Charlotte Gere)
The style, with low-relief figures in an openwork frame, fits with work attributed to Geiss. For necklace dated to c. 1820 of similar design with figures in openwork ovals in the Victoria and Albert Museum see M.46-1925. (Charlotte Gere)
For similar bracelets by the Königliche Preussische Eisen-Giesserei, see E. Bartel (ed), 'Die Königliche Eisen- Giesserei zu Berlin', exhibition catalogue, Stadtmuseum Berlin, 2004, pp. 134-5, cat 593 and 596.
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Cameo Corner, 26 Museum Street, London WC1. Original invoice for £80 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 25.1.1977, described as 'Berlin iron bracelet'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.110 (masterlist number)