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Ref  MR6   Porte-bonheur

An amusing porte-bonheur mouse ring, circa 1880. The eccentric subject matter of some pieces of Victorian jewellery reflects the wonderfully quirky Victorian sense of humour. In 1875 Garrards supplied the Princess of Wales with two mouse brooches. These unlikely subjects were offered as lucky charms or portes-bonheur, as described in The Queen, July 1880 : Eccentric jewellery to serve the caprice of the day has run through many phases and shapes of late. The newest thing in this line is the mouse jewellery design by Messrs Thornhill and Co. of New Bond-street. However disagreeable a live mouse may be running around one's room, it is in itself a gracefully shaped little animal, which may well form part of an eccentric ornament. This gold mouse ring is set with a silver mouse which runs around the ring. It is size L [US 5 and 1/2] and immaculate. There are examples of Thornhill mouse jewellery in the British Museum, Hull Grundy collection.

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Thornhill mouse ring, Ashmolean Museum

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