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I Gave Gold for Iron

September 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“I Gave Gold for Iron”
Themes of Patriotism in Berlin Ironwork Jewelry
Lecture offered by Naomi Sosnovsky
ASJH 2016/2017 Scholarship Winner

Following an appeal by Princess Marianne of Hesse-Homburg in 1813, gold jewelry in Prussia was given in trade for a cast iron surrogate as a means of raising funds for an uprising against Napoleon. The fashionably designed iron jewelry became widely popular most notably because it allowed for an understated demonstration of national pride, in addition to being quite beautiful and highly wearable. This lecture will explore the one hundred year period of wartime fundraising and fashion using examples of jewelry and illustration in a study of romantic nationalism and German memory culture.

The ASJH Scholarship Award is offered on an annual basis to students of jewelry and/or jewelry history who submit papers on jewelry-centric topics to the Society. A committee from the Board of Directors chooses a winner, and he/she will present the essay in lecture form to the attending members, plus receive an honorarium.

This year’s winner is Naomi Sosnovsky, a graduate of Temple University and FIT, with an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies from FIT. She earned an MSt in Archaeology at Oxford University in the UK, and has worked at the Cairnwood Estate and Museum in PA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, and the museum of Arts and Design in NY, in addition to experience in luxury jewelry retails venues.

The Fashion Institute of Technology
“D” Building (Pomerantz Center), Room D-211
Seventh Avenue & West 27th Street, NYC

Reserve no later than Friday, September 8, 2017
Guests are welcome, as space allows, with your guest pass or $10 IN ADVANCE.

To make your reservations, call the ASJH Office at (914) 235-0983 or email info@jewelryhistorians.org.


September 12, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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