- Museum number
Bloomed and chased gold demi-parure of a brooch and ear-rings in the form of sprays of violets with tinted ivory flowers. In the original leather case, labelled inside the silk lining of the lid.
- Production date
- 1850 (circa)
Length: 4.90 centimetres (brooch)
Length: 6.50 centimetres (ear-ring)
- Curator's comments
- Text from the catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no.714:
This firm of retail jewellery was founded in 1806 and received the Royal Warrant in 1838. They are still at the same address in Cheltenham (1984). Violets have several meanings, depending on the colour: 'you occupy my thoughts' and 'modesty'; the wild violet means 'love in idleness'. (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. 134 p.180. Caption: ‘Jewels imitating violets and pansies or heartsease, Probably English, 1840–50.’
- On display (G47/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.874 (masterlist number)