- Museum number
Chased two-colour gold brooch set with turquoises in the form of a dove with wings hinged to tremble. A flat wire strip goes from the wings under the bird standing on an oval openwork plate. In the original unlabelled retailer's case lined with blue velvet. Image on left.
- Production date
- 1850 (circa)
Width: 5.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from the Catalogue of the Hull Gruindy Gift (Gere et al 1984), no.649::
The oval plates on which the trembler springs are mounted suggest that these brooches were designed to be worn on the shoulder (see also cat. no.648). Although they were fashionable in the mid-nineteenth century (see 141 and 142), an illustration in The Queen for 15 February 1890 shows that they were still worn in this manner half a century later. (Charlotte Gere)
Additions and corrections to original catalogue entry made by Judy Rudoe. The purpose of the flat wire strip is unclear.
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.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.939 (masterlist number)