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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Stud, Shirt


Accession number: 11.4.14A-C
Date: 1830 – 1871
Materials: Metal, gold
Measurements: 1 cm Diameter x 1 cm DepthThe diameter of the smaller end of the stud is .5 cm
Marks/Label: Each of the studs has a punch mark on the larger end which may read MSB
Narrative: Michael Septimus Brown was a silversmith and jeweller; b. 22 Dec. 1818 in Halifax, N.S., son of William Brown and Joanna Bessonett, née Stairs; d. unmarried on 29 Nov. 1886 in Halifax.
Michael Septimus Brown was a cousin of the noted chronometer-maker, Richard Upham Marsters. Brown was apprenticed in 1833 to the talented silversmith and goldsmith, Peter Nordbeck. In 1840 Brown established an independent jewellery and silver business in Halifax. Brown was able to attract many of Nordbeck’s customers following the latter’s death in 1861, and in new quarters the firm became the most prominent enterprise of its type in Halifax.
Description: Three round gold shirt studs. The smaller ends of the studs have incised leaf designs. The larger end of each has a punch mark.
History of Use: These studs were possibly made by Michael Septimus Brown.