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    Posted 9 years ago

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    A once in a lifetime piece of rare Arts and Crafts Jewelry by Kate Eadie wife of Pre-Raphaelite Painter Sidney Meteyard. Used as a model for many of his most famous paintings particularly that of St Cecilia it is possible to imagine what Kate looked like from viewing the paintings.

    Kate most likely learned under the Gaskins and was not a prolific artist subsequently her pieces are extremely rare.

    It is widely believed that members of the Suffragette movement were patrons of many Arts and Crafts jewellers.

    For example, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has a portrait of a famous suffragette wearing an unidentified Arts and Crafts Pendant in Suffragette Colours.

    This intricate silver necklace features tiny sprigs of sparsely enamelled green oak leaves with tiny acorns surrounding Royal Purple natural Amethysts. The oak imagery being a tribute to the strength perhaps of the Suffragettes?

    Far more beautiful in real life the photo just gives a hint of the beauty of this necklace.

    NB. this was part of my past collection and is not for sale.

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    1. AmberRose AmberRose, 9 years ago
      Stunning! Where on earth did you find this jewel? Love the history as well.
    2. Kitty Kitty, 9 years ago
      Found in a dusty cabinet in a sleepy old English town. Couldn't believe my eyes it is so much more beautiful in real life than it looks in the photos, a real treasure ; )
    3. AmberRose AmberRose, 9 years ago
      You probably had to pinch yourself. What a find!
    4. inky inky, 9 years ago
      I just love the Suffragette jewellery it has 'everything' that I love... history, hidden meanings, emotion, loyalty and strength on many levels, the fact that Amethysts is also my birthstone is a bonus! a very beautiful piece of jewellery....:-)
    5. AndyK, 9 years ago
      Fascinated to see this post as Kate Eadie was my Great Aunt!!
      Have a few of her paintings and enamels here that were passed onto me. Would love to know where you found that piece.
    6. Kitty Kitty, 9 years ago
      Hi Andy,
      Lucky you!! What great family history you must have : )
      Drop me a line at and we can have a chat. Regards, Kitty
    7. pigsonthewing pigsonthewing, 9 years ago
      I've just started a Wikipedia article about Eadie; but details are scarce. Andy K (or anyone with info in reliable sources), please get in touch, via my websute:
    8. nldionne nldionne, 9 years ago
    9. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 7 years ago
      Absolutely stunning.
    10. LouiseP LouiseP, 4 years ago
      Wow. That's an amazing story. I'm working with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists at the moment on female prominent artists, and would love to talk to you more about your find. Can I email you?
    11. AndyK, 4 years ago
      Hi Louise,
      If you would like to know more about Kate Eadie, I may be able to help. I've left my contact number with Ainsley at the RBSA in Birmingham (0121 236 4353) or you can contact me on here!

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