About this object

Replica of the 'Alfred jewel' now kept in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford . Drop shaped pendant with gold outer edging and gold animal head at pointed end. Painted figure under glass on the pendant. It is likely that the original 'Alfred Jewel' was the head of an aestel (pointer), used to follow lines of text in a manuscript.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing (replica)
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Payne and Son
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Oxfordshire: Oxford
  • Date made
    20th Century AD early
  • Materials
    Gilt Silver; Glass
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Collector
    Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    61 mm x 30 mm x 13 mm
  • Note
    Borrowed for exhibition 'Kings & Queens' from Victoria & Albert Museum, Circulation Department, 1952 and later confirmed as a gift.
  • Related people
    Payne and Son (Artist/maker); Victoria and Albert Museum (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Victoria and Albert Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1958
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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