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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Waist-buckle in cast-iron openwork with scroll ornament patinated black Marked on chape.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1850 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on chape
      • Inscription Content

        Deveranne Ac. Kunstl. a Berlin
  • Curator's comments

    Text revised from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 177:
    Devaranne is recorded in 1828 as a manufacturer of cast-iron wares and in 1850 as owner of a cast-iron foundry. In 1825 he was asked to supply cast-iron wares for a Parisian firm of goldsmiths. He exhibited in Berlin in 1822, 1827 and 1842 and showed cast-iron jewellery at the Great Exhibition in 1851 (Art Journal illustrated Catalogue, 1851, p. 37). he was awarded the title of 'academischer Kunstler' in 1829 (not 1850 as in original catalogue entry) and added the abbreviation Ac. Kunstl. to his mark from this date, that is, for the latter part of his career. See Chadour, Schmuck, Cologne, Kat. no. 359. After his death in 1859 the firm closed down.
    (Charlotte Gere)

    For a full discussion of Devaranne's work see Schmidt 1981 (pp. 204-6). (Charlotte Gere and J. Rudoe annotation in HG catalogue). Devaranne seems to have used some castings over a long period. The shell-shaped finials on this buckle occur at the top of a pair of earrings by Devaranne purchased for the South Kensington Museum at the Great Exhibition in 1851, see V&A, 922&A-1852, see C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 211 a & b, pp.256-7. (Charlotte Gere)


  • Bibliography

    • Gere et al 1984 177 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G47/dc8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • HG.1044 (masterlist number)
Waist-buckle; cast-iron; openwork; scroll ornament patinated black; marked on chape.

Waist-buckle; cast-iron; openwork; scroll ornament patinated black; marked on chape.

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