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Object ID # 1959.018.001
Object Name Brooch
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1880
Artist British-made
Made Unknown factory or jewellery maker
Place of Origin Great Britain
Description Large Victorian mourning brooch, from 1880. This is a large, oval, all-black-coloured brooch. The brooch may be made of ebony, coromandel wood, bog oak or jet. At the top of the oval there are lines carved to give a concave and convex shaping, with an overall convex shape. Along the sides is a jagged edge with four small drilled/worked holes on both sides. The center has a convex oval area that resembles an oval black bead or bull's eye. Along the sides of this oval area, there is some carved scroll work. The back of the brooch has a hinged brass pinstem with a hook catch that is screwed into the middle with two screws. The bottom part of the pinstem assembly has a maker's mark, which appears to be a British registry mark dating from 1880.
Makers mark No maker's name is present, but there is a British registry mark
Provenance There is a British registry mark on this brooch that dates it as having been manufactured in 1880. It is not known who wore this item. Large, all-black brooches like this were suitable for mourning / funereal wear by Victorian women.

The previous owner Kate Black, resided in the Kilsyth area of Grey County, Ontario.

The brooch was brought to the museum on her behalf by a Women's Insitute group, so she likely was a senior in 1959.
Collection Jewellery, 19th-c Collection
Material Ebony?/Wood?/Brass
Dimensions W-5.3 L-4.3 D-2 cm
Found Derby Township (formerly), Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
Function A woman's jewellery item, that would be pinned onto her bodice in the front neck area.