Brooch

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1930-1950

GUSN

GUSN-102900

Description

This shield-shaped gold pin is embellished with a roaring lion in the center, surrounded by the French phrase "DIEU ET MON DROIT," which is the motto of the British Royal Family.

Details

Descriptive Terms

brooches
pins (jewelry)
gold alloy
enamel (fused coating)
Pin, Clothing
Brooch
Brooch

Label

This lapel pin was first produced in 1940 to show solidarity and raise funds in America for the British War Relief Society and Bundles for Britian before the US formally entered the war. New York-based Accessocraft produced several versions of it, based on the original patented design by British subject and New York resident Robert R. Appleby. Vivian Leigh wears an early version of this pin on the December 17, 1940 cover of "Look" magazine to support the Bundles for Britain cause. Monet jewelers produced a later version celebrating the RAF. Coro also produced a version.

Inscription

On front: "DIEU ET/MON/DROIT"
On reverse: "OFFICIAL-B.W.R.S."/AND B.B./BY/ ACCESSOCRAFT" (Embossed)

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

2353

Maker

Accessocraft (Manufacturer)
Appleby, Robert R. (Designer)

Object Type

Clothing; Clothing Accessories

Dimensions

1 1/16 x 5/16 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.367