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shawl-pin / imitation

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  • Description

    Silver shawl-pin, a cast copy of an Irish ring-brooch of open design with a rotating pin and with two panels of interlace decoration and four bosses on each panel. Design Registry mark on the reverse.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1849 (after)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 5.7 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Comment

        diamond pattern design registry mark for 1849, registered by Messrs Joseph Johnson, 23 Wellington Quay, Dublin.
  • Curator's comments

    Text from catalogue of Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no. 993:
    This is a free copy of a ninth-century silver penannular ring-brooch with an Ogham inscription on the reverse, found near Virginia in Co.Cavan, and now in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin (Fig. 97: D 11.1cm (ring); see Mahr & Raftery 1932, pl. 39:1)..
    Versions of this brooch were also registered by Waterhouse in 1849, when the original belonged to the Royal Dublin Society. Waterhouse called one version the 'Ogham pin,' owing to the Ogham inscription on the back, and a second the 'Clarendon Shawl Brooch', after the Countess of Clarendon, the Viceroy's wife, who first patronised it. Waterhouse produced copies in silver and silver-gilt inlaid with Irish bog oak, 'Irish diamonds', Irish amethyst and malachite, and in gold with Irish pearls (Waterhouse & Co. 1852, p. 16). Both the Waterhouse and the Johnson copies have simplified the animal interlace and have left out the heads and other details of the animals on the original, while the Hull Grundy version does not bear the Ogham inscription on the reverse. Waterhouse exhibited their copies at the Great Exhibition in 1851 (Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue, 1851, p. 20), while Edmond Johnson, who took over the firm when his father, Joseph Johnson, died in 1870, was still exhibiting versions at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893 (see Description of the Reproductions of Antique Irish Art Metalwork Specially Manufactured by Edmond Johnson Dublin for exhibition at the World's Fair Chicago 1893.) (Judy Rudoe)

    Information supplementary to Hull Grundy catalogue:
    The Waterhouse version registered on 25 July 1849 (information kindly suplied by Jane Perry, 30.4.2012). Although Waterhouse called their copies the 'Ogham' or 'Clarendon' brooch, the original was found at Ballyspellan, Co. Kilkenny, in 1806 and is called the Ballyspellan brooch today. There was significant cross-over between the different firms making these copies of Celtic brooches. Waterhouse and West both employed Messrs Johnson to make some of the copies, and design registration marks for Johnson appear on brooches sold by both Waterhouse and West. For further discussion of the Ogham/Ballyspellan brooch and the role of Johnson, see C. Gere and J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the age of Queen Victoria: a mirror to the world', London 2010, pp. 448-450. For the Ogham/Ballyspellan brooch copy owned by Queen Victoria, see the exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, ‘Victoria and Albert, Art and Love’ (catalogue ed. Jonathan Marsden, 2010, no. 263). (Charlotte Gere)


  • Bibliography

    • Gere et al 1984 993 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G47/dc11

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • HG.529 (masterlist number)


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