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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Brooch


Accession number: 11.4.10
Date: 1871 – 1919
Materials: Metal, silver
Measurements: 2.2 cm L x 3.3 cm W x 0.5 cm Thick
Marks/Label: M.S. Brown & Co. and Sterling stamped on the back of the pin under the clasp. 
Narrative: M. S. Brown and Company was formed in 1871 when the jewller and silversmith Michael Septomus Brown, in failing health, went into partnership with his nephew Thomas. The firm continued under a cussession of owners until 1919, when it was purchased by Henry Birks  and Sons.
 
There were a number of ships named the renown. The one depicted on this brooch is HMS ‘Renown’ the battle-cruiser built by Fairfield at Govan and completed in September 1916. She served with the Grand Fleet in the North Sea during the remaining two years of World War I. In 1920 following a refit she took the Prince of Wales on a voyage to Australia and America. After service during World War II she was sold for scrapping in 1948.
Description: A small silver brooch in the shape of a ship at sea. The name of the ship, H.M.S. Renown, is engraved underneath the ship.
History of Use: The pin was made by M. S. Brown and Co.