- Museum number
Two-colour gold comb-mount in the form of a leafy oak twig entwined with a wreath of forget-me-nots and surmounted by a bird, with a ruby eye and ring in its beak, on a trembler spring. The branch is set with gemstones whose initials spell 'dearest', ie. diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire and turquoise. There is a hair compartment in the reverse of the bird.
- Production date
- 1830 (circa)
Length: 8.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Additions and corrections to original catalogue entry made by Judy Rudoe.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 113 p.158.
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- N Bloom & Son, 40 Albemarle Street, London W1. Original invoice for £200 to Anne Hull Grundy dated 19.5.1970, described as 'Georgian two-coloured gold & gem brooch\hair ornament with bird, the gems spelling DEAREST'. At auction, 14.5.1970, lot 46, as 'The Property of Mrs R D Houghton'.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.822 (masterlist number)