Hat pin

ca. late nineteenth century (made) ca. late nineteenth century (made) ca.1900 (made)


[Box] Length: 39.5 cm Maximum, including lid, Width: 6.5 cm Maximum, including lid [Hat pin] Length: 27.4 cm Whole hat pin, Width: 3.4 cm Widest point

S.1245:1-3-2014 T&P

Hat pin in presentation box, reputedly owned by the actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1922) [Box] Velveteen box, with separate, matching lid [Hat pin] Art Deco-style hat pin with jade green head and metal shank, owned by the actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1922)

Jade green plastic[?] and metal hat pin in velveteen presentation box, with separate, matching lid [Box] Velveteen box, with separate, matching lid. The interior of the box is padded and lined with cream silk. The fabric used to cover the exterior is woven with a design of interconnected leaves and flowers in tones of various tones of brown and green. The letters "S.B." are embossed in gold on the lining at the interior of the lid. [Hat pin] Hat pin with jade green elongated triangular head and metal shank

Jade green plastic and metal hat pin, in presentation box covered with floral-patterned cotton velvet and lined in cream satin, the satin in the interior of the lid stamped with the initials 'S.B in gold'. Reputedly owned and worn by the French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1922). According to the donor, this hat-pin in its original presentation box was owned in the 1940s by the nanny who had once worked for Sarah Bernhardt in France. She gave it to her friend Ethel Ellen Robinson, known as 'Nanny Robie, who was a nanny in France during the war. She brought it to England during the second world war when her employers feared for their lives in Paris with German occupation and asked her to take their children to their grandparents in England. She became nurse for the donor's late mother, housekeeper for the donor's grandfather, and her father's second wife when he was in his 80s. She gave it to her step-daughter and husband who presented it to the mnuseum.

[Hat pin] Given by Marian Hayward

Location: In Storage

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