Of particular interest was a filigree butterfly made of the finest metal in a silver colour but not actually silver. The strands of metal were like a cobweb. Typical of their era were a number of bar style brooches with gems or plain. Cameos were also popular.
There were a number of handcrafted brooches: a raffia basket and a bonnet both decorated with silk flowers; a fairly large round brooch with the surface filled with silk French knots; a handmade felt brooch with leaves and gum blossom and a leather flower like a camellia.
Other brooches included pearls, jade, opals rhinestone, enamel, paua shell and porcelain. There was a colourful collection of brooches made in the former Maxart button factory.