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Gold brooch set with pearls and pink topazes with heart, padlock and key pendants. Image on left in middle row.
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Width: 2.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Popular small charms of this period come in the form of a heart or heart-shaped padlock and key (a variation on Knight’s device for ‘Thou hast the key’, Knight’s Gem and Device Book, 1836).
See: J. Rudoe, ‘Queen Charlotte’s Jewellery’, in Jonathan Marsden (ed.), The Wisdom of George III, Royal Collection, 2005, fig. 71 (centre top). Caption: ‘Group of jewels in the form of padlocks and keys, some set with hair. Gold, gemstones, pearls and enamel, English, c.1800–10.’ Text: Many jewels contained messages and can be paralleled exactly in the Prince of Wales’s accounts and the Garrard ledgers. For example the Queen [Charlotte] had three hearts’ ease or pansy brooches (meaning ‘thoughts’, from the French ‘pensée’), accurately depicted in amethysts and topaz to represent the top and bottom petals (24 May, lot 11 [in the Christie’s 1819 sale catalogue of the Queen’s possessions]. . . . There were further message jewels in the form of keys or padlocks (17 May, lot 32) almost identical with those purchased by the Prince of Wales from around 1800 (fig. 71).
- On display (G47/dc8)
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- Acquisition notes
- Cameo Corner, 26 Museum Street, London WC1. Original invoice for £125 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 6.3.1970, described as 'Pink topazes, pearl border gold brooch with three charms, heart, key and padlock'.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.459 (masterlist number)