Marsh-bird brooch


Designed by Charles Robert Ashbee, English, 1863–1942 English


Height x width x depth: 9 x 10.5 x 1.5 cm (3 9/16 x 4 1/8 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, enamel, moonstone, topaz, and freshwater pearl

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Europe , Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment , Brooches

The brooch was originally a hair ornament that was converted to a brooch (silver pin stem and "C" hook added). Conversion probably occurred shortly after the ornament was made. The hair comb was fabricated by A. Gebhardt and enamelist William Mark, both members of the Guild of Handicraft.


By early 1970s, said to have been in an American private collection (Gloria Lieberman, Skinner's Auctioneers); purchased by MFA from Skinner, Boston ["Fine Jewelry," Sept. 18, 2007] (Accession date: December 12, 2006)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Susan B. Kaplan, Marshall H. Gould Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Linda Fenton, Dorothy-Lee Jones Fund, Penny Vinik, and Adrienne Iselin Gilbert Memorial Fund