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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942 (designer)
    Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, gold, and tuquoise

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs G. Tekvar

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 27, shelf C, box 2

C. R. Ashbee was a man of immense talents and energy and a defining figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1888 he founded the Guild of Handicraft in the East End of London with the intention of reviving traditional craft skills and providing satisfying employment in a deprived area of the city. Trained originally as an architect, he is known also for his highly innovative furniture, metalwork, silver and jewellery designs.

This necklace is set with cabochon turquoises whose deliberate lack of uniformity reflects Ashbee's appreciation for natural, uncut stones. It was originally hung with chains and pendants also made by the Guild of Handicraft.

Physical description

Necklace of silver, gold and turquoise.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1903 (made)


Ashbee, Charles Robert, born 1863 - died 1942 (designer)
Guild of Handicraft Ltd. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, gold, and tuquoise


Depth: 0.7 cm, Diameter: 12.5 cm

Object history note

Originally hung with chains and pendants, including Circ.118-1959

Descriptive line

Necklace of silver, gold and turquoises, designed by C.R. Ashbee and made by the Guild of Handicraft, England, about 1903


Silver; Gold; Turquoise


Metalwork; Jewellery; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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