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Brooch made from native gold sourced in Sutherland, set with a central cairngorm stone and surrounded by four Scottish freshwater pearls, by Glasgow jewellers Muirhead & Son, c. 1868-1873

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Muirhead and Son
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Northern Europe


c. 1868 - 1873


Scottish gold, Cairngorm, Scottish freshwater pearl

Physical description

Brooch made from native Scottish gold, Scottish freshwater pearls and a central citrine or ‘cairngorm’ associated with the Cairngorm mountains. The shield-shaped outline is decorated with graduated bead work across the surmount and shoulders, the flat surfaces display finely engraved foliate scrolls which flank four collet set Scottish freshwater pearls around the large faceted oval cairngorm. The reverse is mounted with a hinged steel pin and an additional hoop to enable it to be worn as a pendant. The reverse is engraved ‘MUIRHEAD & SONS / SUTHERLAND GOLD’.


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Laurenson, S. 'Materials, Making and Meaning: the Jewellery Craft in Scotland, c. 1780-1914', University of Edinburgh: Unpublished PhD thesis, 2017

Clark, Neil D. L., 'Scottish Gold: Fruit of the Nation', Glasgow: Neil Wilson Publishing Ltd in conjunction with the University of Glasgow, 2014

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