Blog post from Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

Cartier hairpin box belonging to Nellie Melba, 1918

Inscribed “Cartier” and “NM Feb 15 1918 New York” in a circular design on the base, this hairpin box is made of gold and enamel, and ornamented with diamonds and jade.

It belonged to famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba. She presented it to her friend Corona Feakes who donated it to the Mitchell Library in 1953.