Cloak pins (pair)

Object Number: 
1941.929a
Date: 
1805-1809
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 2 1/8 in. ( 7.6 x 5.4 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: below bust: "JEFFERSON" stamped: on base of bust: "M. & P. F"
Description: 
One of a pair of brass mirror knobs with circular faces; each with stamped image of bust of Thomas Jefferson, with "JEFFERSON" stamped at bottom of bust; turned post with threaded screw at end.
Gallery Label: 
Marchant was probably the designer of these cloak pins and Pingo the engraver. Both men were active in London. The dies that they created were most likely sent to Matthew Boulton's Soho manufactory in Birmingham for production. Metal disks stamped with profile portraits, such as those used in these cloak pins, were also incorporated into mirror knobs, chimney hooks, curtain knobs, cabinet handles, and box lids. (See D. L. Fennimore, "Metalwork in Early America," Winterthur, 1996, p. 383.)
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group