London and Paris exhibitions in 1851, 1862, 1867 and 1878 list Brogden as an exhibitor. In 1867 Brogden, at the Paris International Exhibition, won a gold medal for his jewelry. Along with the firm Giuliano, he produced some of England’s best examples of revival-style jewellery. Brogden was noted for his superior granulation and filigree work along with outstanding technical skills. Even his contemporaries, including Castellani, praised his work at the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris.1
John Brogden Conch Pearl and Gold Brooch c.1860s.
Maker’s Marks and Timeline:
- Brogden and Garland.
- Garland and Watherston
- Partner in Watherston and Brogden.
1851, 1862, 1867 & 1878
- Exhibited a the exhibitions, gold medal in 1867.
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- Flower, Margaret. Victorian Jewellery. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2002.
- Gere, Charlotte. American & European Jewelry: 1830-1914. New York, NY: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1975.