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Winged brooch in Egyptian style: M.11 & A-1983

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Winged brooch in Egyptian style


Watherston & Son (Maker)


Gold, cast, engraved in the shape of two birds each with one wing outstretched, flanking an oval cabochon banded agate surrounded by pearls, the reverse with a glazed compartment containing a piece of blue ribbon. Pin fastening. In original dark maroon leather case (A), blind-stamped 'WB' for William Betteridge, the lid of which is lined with pale blue silk printed in gold 'Watherston & Son / 12 Pall Mall East, / London'


History note: Purchased by Mrs Hull Grundy from Malcolm Carr Antiques Ltd., London W2.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.7 cm
Width: 5.2 cm

Relative size of this object

5.2 cm2.7 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-01) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


Third quarter of 19th century
Victoria I
Circa 1881 CE - 1898 CE


Watherston & Son ran a successful business as manufacturing goldsmiths, jewellers and gold chain makers, later branching out to deal in diamonds and pearls and retail silver. They exhibited in the Paris Exhibition of 1867.

School or Style

Archaeological Style Victorian

Components of the work

Decoration composed of agate ( oval banded) pearls

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Watherston & Son / 12 Pall Mall East, / London
  • Location: On pale blue silk on inside of the lid
  • Method of creation: Printed in gold
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: WB
  • Location: Underside of case (A)
  • Method of creation: Blind-stamped
  • Type: Maker's mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.11 & A-1983
Primary reference Number: 168438
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 29 October 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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