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Work holder

Work holder

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1807-20 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Palmer, George (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cut steel, velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Mrs B.M. Gooddy Gift

  • Museum number:

    M.27-1997

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Cut steel tools were decorated with faceted studs to catch the light like gemstones. They were durable as well as attractive. George Palmer, the maker of this work holder, was a cutler and 'Razor-Maker in Ordinary' to George III, and produced a wide variety of tools in cut steel including penknives and scissors. Cut steel tools were costly, high-status possessions.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1807-20 (made)

Artist/maker

Palmer, George (made)

Materials and Techniques

Cut steel, velvet

Marks and inscriptions

GEO. PALMER
George Palmer
Maker/retailer

GR

Object history note

Cut steel tools were decorated with faceted studs to catch the light like gemstones. They were durable as well as attractive. George Palmer, the maker of this work holder, was a cutler and 'Razor-Maker in Ordinary' to George III, and produced a wide variety of tools in cut steel including penknives and scissors. Cut steel tools were costly, high-status possessions.

Historical context note

The introduction of cut steel in the eighteenth century greatly expanded the possibilities of luxury-goods manufacturing in Britain. Cut steel was faceted to catch the light, and was durable as well as attractive. This cut steel work holder would have allowed a sewer to keep their fabric taut and straight. This ensured that any cutting or stitching would remain neat and even. This holder was designed to clamp fabric to the edge of a table, with a pincushion on top.

Descriptive line

England c.1800; Cut steel. Probably Birmingham or Woodstock.

Materials

Steel; Material

Techniques

Technique

Categories

Household objects; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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