Adornments, a selection from the museum’s jewellery box
Here is a selection from over 150 items of adornment and jewellery in the museum. They showcase the range and diversity of jewellery as well as revealing the different crafts and skills involved in their creation.
The majority of our jewellery was acquired through the generosity of a single donor Mrs Anne Hull Grundy and these examples are all Hull Grundy donations.
Mrs Hull Grundy was one of the most important collectors of jewellery in the 20th century and generously distributed much of it to over 60 UK museums. Between 1975 and ‘83 Armagh County Museum received 96 items from this liberal benefactor.
She was always careful to select objects that complemented the collections in which her treasures would find a home. Consequently, many of her donations to Armagh show the Victorian enthusiasm for imitating medieval Irish jewellery and also demonstrate the popular medium of carved Irish Bog Oak.