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Object ID # 1960.007.007
Object Name Brooch
Title Agnes Macphail's Maple Leaf Brooch
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 1940s??
Artist Anthony
Made Anthony
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Maple leaf-shaped clear brilliants brooch that belonged to Agnes Macphail (b. 1890-d. 1954).
The obverse side is set all-over with clear brilliants. These are each approx. 0.2 cm in diameter and flash "fire" in the sunlight. The edges have tiny beading/knurling detail. The reverse side is slightly concave. There is a ball-catch pin stem. "ANTHONY" is impressed near the stem on the reverse. There is a scratched notation which looks like "NAU1". The metal is silvertone, but is likely not silver, perhaps rhodium?
Ms.MacPhail can be seen wearing this brooch in the National Film Board's "Lady From Grey."
Makers mark "ANTHONY" is impressed
Provenance Agnes C. Macphail (b. 1890-d. 1954) grew up in Proton Township and Artemesia Township, in Grey County. In order to further her education, she had to board in Owen Sound, Ontario so that she could attend the Owen Sound Collegiate Institute [O.S.C.I.]. She did not complete her highschool degree there, due to a disagreement with Principal Murray, but finished in Stratford, Ontario. She then attended Stratford Normal School. She later became a teacher and then in her 30s, became a politician. She became Canada's first female Member of Parliament in 1921.

This brooch formerly belonged to Agnes Campbell Macphail. It is not known when she acquired this brooch, but she likely wore it later in life--perhaps 1940s or early 1950s?
Collection Jewellery, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Rhinestone
Dimensions W-4.4 L-4.8 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Macphail, Agnes
Reany, Gertha Macphail
Subjects Jewelry
Politics & government
Search Terms Artemesia Township
Ceylon (Grey County)