This early-Victorian bracelet comprising eight portrait miniatures and four unusual eye miniatures set in gold is inscribed on the back with a series of identifying names, including that of Josias Nottidge, the children’s father, and his wife Emily. It tells the story of a Victorian scandal.
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Roland Arkell
The Nottidge offspring had grown up in privilege in Wixoe, Suffolk, the children of wealthy wool clothiers who worked fulling mills in Essex and Suffolk.
However, on their father’s death in 1844, five unmarried daughters were persuaded by the local ‘fire and brimstone’ clergyman Henry Prince to invest their inheritance (£6000 each) in the founding of a new religious community in Somerset known as the Agapemone. The daughters then married into the cult.