BROWNING (ELIZABETH BARRETT) A pair of silver hat pins [eighteenth century?]

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Lot 149
BROWNING (ELIZABETH BARRETT)
A pair of silver hat pins [eighteenth century?]

Sold for £ 2,295 (US$ 2,773) inc. premium
BROWNING (ELIZABETH BARRETT)
A pair of silver hat pins with accompanying visiting card inscribed by Fannie Browning ("A Happy Easter from 'Mrs R. Barrett Browning [printed]'. These little pins are from Mrs Brownings' [overleaf] jewellery box which the Poet gave me the Spring after I became his "daughter" – he never would say the "in law". My sister tells me you love him & his marvellous work. F.B.B.") with maker's mark 'MD', decorative filigree ball heads, c.98mm. long, [eighteenth century?]

Footnotes

  • A pair of silver hat pins belonging to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, gifted by Robert Browning to his daughter-in-law Fannie in 1888, a year after she married Robert 'Pen' Browning.

    Provenance: Fannie Barrett Browning née Coddington (1853-1935), American heiress, wife of Robert 'Pen' Browning (son of Robert and Elizabeth); given to Mary Kinipple née Robertson of Co. Durham (the present owner's grandmother), who married Walter Robert Kinipple of Shanghai Police (1903-1927) on 7 November 1914.
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