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Object Name: Mirror knob
Date: 1805-1809
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Medium: Brass
Dimensions: Overall: 3 x 2 1/8 in. ( 7.6 x 5.4 cm )
Place made: Europe, England, Birmingham
Description: One of a pair of brass mirror knobs with circular faces; each with stamped image of bust of Thomas Jefferson, with "JEFFERSON" stamped at bottom of bust; turned post with threaded screw at end.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number: 1941.929a
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Marks: stamped: below bust: "JEFFERSON" stamped: on base of bust: "M. & P. F"

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Marchant was probably the designer of these cloak pins and Pingo the engraver. Both men were active in London. The dies that they created were most likely sent to Matthew Boulton's Soho manufactory in Birmingham for production. Metal disks stamped with profile portraits, such as those used in these cloak pins, were also incorporated into mirror knobs, chimney hooks, curtain knobs, cabinet handles, and box lids. (See D. L. Fennimore, "Metalwork in Early America," Winterthur, 1996, p. 383.)