May 28, 2014

Snail Necklace-Pin (Necklace Chain)

Snail Necklace-Pin (Necklace Chain)


Part of a set. See all set records

John Paul Miller

(American, 1918–2013)


Pendant: 6.1 x 2.6 cm (2 3/8 x 1 in.); Chain: 36.9 cm (14 1/2 in.)

Silver Jubilee Treasure Fund 1956.113.b



Artist John Paul Miller demonstrates a mastery of metalworking techniques in this snail pendant brooch. Miller often used a technique he rediscovered in the early 1950s whereby gold granulation was applied to the surface to decorate the snail’s body and antennae, while multicolored enameling enlivens its shell.

See also
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.