Notre Glorieux 75
A most extraordinary French miniature cannon pendant, dated 1914 – 1915. It is 18 carat gold, with an 18 carat gold French hallmark, a maker’s mark MO and a French ‘depose’ registration mark. During World War 1 in France a new form of patriotic jewellery emerged based on martial motifs. Jewels were produced in the forms of aeroplanes, tanks and cannons. One client commissioned from Cartier a brooch in the form of an ambulance. This cannon is a miniature replica of the French 75 mm field gun, which was adopted in 1898 and regarded as the first modern artillery piece. The pendant has moveable parts – the barrel is on a spring and can be pushed forward and retracted. It is engraved on one side : Glorieux 75 and on the other side : 1914 – 1915. It is in its original fitted case in the shape of a cannon shell. The cannon is 1 and 1/3 inches long. Such pieces were retailed in Paris by major jewellery firms including Cartier. There is an identical example illustrated in Hans Nadelhoffer’s publication Cartier, page 82. Superior gold craftsmanship on a such miniature scale and historically fascinating.
A similar cannon illustrated in Cartier by Hans Nadelhoffer, page 82.