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Waist Clasp

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1981M531
Collection:Applied Art - Jewellery
Date:1900 c - 1900 c

Maker Information

Jeweller:Piel Frères - View history


Mrs Anne Hull Grundy donated a large collection of jewellery to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. This was one of a number of donations she made to museums in this country. She purchased numerous buckles and waist clasps, knowing that they reflected aspects of the design of the time in sizes suited for museum showcase display. Buckles and clasps, when no longer in fashion, could rarely be made into any other form of jewellery, so she was conscious that they represented an historic form unlikely to be revived. This, in turn meant they could be purchased relatively inexpensively at the period in the 1980s when she was putting together what she thought of as her 'Birmingham collection'.

Presented by Mrs Anne Hull Grundy, 1981.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
School/Style:Art Nouveau
Medium:Silver plated metal with enamelled brass roundel.
Place of Origin:France


Height:57 mm
Width:90 mm