This brooch was made in Birmingham, circa 1887 to commemorate the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. The Birmingham silversmiths produced 'blanks' that could be stamped or engraved as souvenirs of various exhibitions and events. The brooch may have been engraved locally.

This brooch belonged to the donor's great-grandmother, who was a guest at the opening of the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition which took place in the Great Hall. The donor's great-grandfather visited the Exhibition many times, as he was the first maker of steel casting in Australia.

Physical Description

Scallop-edged oval sterling silver brooch with a stylized Exhibition Building etched onto the surface. Beaded edging. Reverse side has sterling mark and maker's mark.

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