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Work Holder

1807-20 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cut steel, velvet
Brief Description
England c.1800; Cut steel. Probably Birmingham or Woodstock.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • GEO. PALMER (Maker/retailer)
  • GR
Credit line
Mrs B.M. Gooddy Gift
Object history
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
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.
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
M.27-1997

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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