Damascene rose by Elizabeth Blackwell, 18th Century, from ‘A Curious Herbal’
Damascene rose, by Elizabeth Blackwell, from her book ‘A Curious Herbal’, 1730s. British Library.
Blackwell’s beautiful botanical illustrations were not only drawn, but also engraved and coloured by her own hand. This was unusual, but necessary to cut costs; she produced her ‘Curious Herbal’ to raise money to secure her husband from debtor’s prison. The Herbal was issued in weekly installments between 1737 and 1739. The plant specimens came from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London.
The bronze-tone brooch is made from nickel-free alloy, and the glass cabochon is 25mm across. Each brooch comes in a sturdy black card gift box.