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Bicycle brooch

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The bicycle represented is a generic diamond frame machine from around 1894–97. According to Scotford Lawrence (National Cycle Museum, England), the date is based on the fact that the top tube of the frame slopes up from the seat tube (after 1895, this tube became horizontal). The anatomy of...

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By date unknown, private collection, England; 2009, sold by private collection to Wartski Ltd., London; 2009, sold by Wartski Ltd. to the MFA (Accession date: May 27, 2009)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously

Probably English, mid–1890s

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Overall: 4 x 6.5 x 1 cm (1 9/16 x 2 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold, enamel, diamond (old brilliant cuts), and ruby


Textiles and Fashion Arts


Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches