Brooch

Date

1850-1880

GUSN

GUSN-23976

Description

This brooch is part of a six piece set, or parure, of jewelry made from steel pave-set with iron pyrite. A vertical frond, similar to a fern or other leafy branch, stands at the center of a laurel wreath.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pins (fasteners)
pins (jewelry)
pyrite
Steel
Mica
Brooch

Label

Jewelry sets such as this were tourist souvenirs made from the locally-produced iron pyrite crystals often called "Irish diamonds." Other popular Irish motifs included in this set are trefoil shamrock leaves. For more on this type of jewelry and to see a similar set in the Birmingham (UK) Museum of Art, see Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe, Jewellery in the Age of Victoria (2011), 496.

Associated Building

Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

1.875 x 1.875 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker

Accession Number

1998.4924.5

Places

Ireland (British Isles, Europe) [island]