10769.11 | Brooch (toy)

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Brooch (toy)
1862, 19th century
Metal and glass
2.7 x 3 cm
Gift of E. Portia MacKenzie, 1962 (Emma Carleton Jack Memorial Collection)
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

This small sparkling doll's accessory exemplifies the modest jewellery of the mid-19th century. Originally set with fifteen brilliants of faceted glass, this small brooch would have been worn at the throat to fasten a collar or large cape. Originally, this brooch had a string of blue beads attached.

  • What

    In some pieces of jewellery, the glass gems were backed with foil to increase their attractiveness.

  • Where

    Godey's Lady's Book, published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, starting in 1855, featured articles on doll clothing and accessories.

  • When

    This brooch is original to the doll Lady Blanche Paulet who wore it when the ambrotype of her was taken and when it still had its original blue beads.

  • Who

    Sheffield House, a fancy goods establishment located at Market Square in Saint John, New Brunswick, imported jewellery directly from the makers in England, France and Germany.