About this object

Necklace of twelve shell-shaped beads made from a yellow metal with ceramic (?) inlays. Slight possibility it is modelled on an ancient piece as it would appear to be a girdle reformed into a necklace.

It is very similar in style to some other modern pieces Joseph Mayer acquired from Joseph Sams. It is unknown if Sams acquired these pieces in Egypt, UK or Europe. It is not included in Charles T Gatty's catalogue of the Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian antiquities (second and revised edition published in 1879). Nor was it recorded by Percy Newberry or Eric Peet, professors of Egyptology who at the University of Liverpool who catalogued the collection in the early 20th century. It possibly belongs to the class of esoteric mock-Egyptian objects without pretence to antiquity, which had a certain vogue in the early part of the nineteenth century.
Joseph Mayer’s catalogue for the object reads: “199 Necklace, of gold and coral, in form of the cowrie shell, with pendants of coral between each.” (1852 p. 17).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
  • Date made
    Modern possibly
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    25 mm x 475 cm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams ( Previous owner)

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  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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