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Title: Silver Brooch
Identifier: 979.6.1179
Donor: Geoffrey H. Sayers
Item Date: 1840-1870
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A silver butterfly filigree brooch. The body of the butterfly is solid and the wings are made of fine filigree. A clasp and a silver plated pin are attached to the back. History: The Harris family married into the Draper family with the marriage of Annie Harris (1882-1986) to Beverly Draper Sayers (1883-1976) in 1906. Beverly was related to William Henry Draper (1801-1877), Canada’s first colonial politician to be styled 'premier' and was instrumental in establishing the Conservative Party. He supported the Family Compact, which attempted to create an aristocracy linked by family, patronage, and political and social beliefs within the professional upper middle class.This brooch belonged to Edith Baines, a friend and first cousin of Kate Sayers (née Draper). Kate was Annie's mother-in-law. It may have been inherited by Annie directly or indirectly through her sister-in-law, Betty Sayers or aunt, Edith Draper. Both women never married and many of their possessions came in to the Harris family upon their death. There is an image of Edith Baines wearing this brooch in Barbara Larson's Draper photograph album.
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