- Museum number
A pair of gold lapel-studs with enamel decoration in the form of a bee with tail and legs in black enamel; the wings applied and enamelled in white and the body of each bee set with an amethyst and small green or yellow gemstones for eyes. In the original leather case with a label in gold on the silk lining of the lid.
- Production date
- 1885-1890 (circa)
Diameter: 2 centimetres (stud)
- Curator's comments
- See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 111 right, p.149. Caption: ‘sets of dress-studs . . . Carlo Guiliano, set of enamelled gold “bee” dress studs, 1874–80, the display case marked with the blind-stamp “H&B” (Harker & Betteridge, 1869–80).’
With the fashion for tailoring, borrowed from menswear, women also adopted their own versions of men’s dress accessories, like studs, as here, stick-pins, ‘Albert’ waistcoat chains, known as ‘Albertines’, and sleeve-links. (Charlotte Gere)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 11 May-14 Aug, London, British Museum (G90), 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.1110 (masterlist number)