Friday, July 24, 2009

Details: AWN Pugin's Wiseman Mitre

This precious mitre was designed by A.W.N. Pugin for then Bishop Wiseman (later Cardinal Wiseman). It was made by the famed John Hardman and Co. in Birmingham.

It's materials include red velvet, cloth of silver and cloth of gold, semi-precious stones and brass crocketing.

The mitre was produced at an original cost £65 and was commissioned by Fr. Daniel Henry Haigh to celebrate his own ordination by Wiseman and the opening of St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, on the 4th of July, 1848.

Other examples of Pugin's mitre designs can be seen in The Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament. (See right)

The mitre presently resides in the treasury of Westminster Cathedral, London, having been the personal possession of Wiseman.

Photos by NLM/Shawn Tribe

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