- Museum number
Enamelled gold brooch in the form of a chamber-stick and snuffer with a mouse on the rim. The candle is enamelled in white.
- Production date
- 1870 (circa)
Diameter: 3.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Supplement to catalogue entry:
Label: Mouse brooch. English, 1870-90. Gold brooch, a chamberstick with a gold mouse and enamelled candle. In 1875 the Crown Jewellers R. & S. Garrard & Co. supplied the Princess of Wales with `mouse on a plate' brooches at £4.15s.
For rings decorated with a white enamelled mouse and a gold mouse coiling their tails round the hoop, on which it can be revolved, see Dalton, Ring cat. 1737-8. Walter Thornhill & Co., Bond Street, London, copying a French fashion of the late 1870s, registered a design for a mouse parure of this type in about 1880. Advertisements in the 1890s for novelty jewellery show bracelets with a moveable gold mouse. (Charlotte Gere)
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 180 p.223. Caption: ‘Thornhill’s mouse jewellery, gold and enamel. English, retailed by Thornhill & Co., London, about 1880.’
For Thornhill’s advertisements for mouse jewellery, see figs. 178 and 179.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- N Bloom & Son, 40 Albemarle Street, London W1. Original invoice for £40 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 5.10.1970, described as 'Vic gold brooch - mouse on candlestick'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.561 (masterlist number)