Material and Medium: Silver
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L1902.63
This object is a handcrafted silver chatelaine clasp. The front of the clasp is chased with the portrait of a young woman. On the back of the object is a hook, enabling it to be fastened onto a belt. There are two loops at the end of the clasp, onto which small objects suspended from chains can be attached. Chatelaines were very popular during the 1800s and were worn by women and men. They were used for carrying small, useful items such as keys, notebooks and sewing kits.
The clasp was created by the celebrated designer and craftsman, John Beresford Walker (1877-1948). Walker was born in Edinburgh and trained at the city's School of Art before moving to Sheffield in 1898. He became a long term member of the Sheffield Artcrafts Guild and was at one time Guild Master.
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Read about other members of the Sheffield Artcrafts Guild in J B Himsworth's biographical account:
Himsworth, J.B. 1964 Biographical account of Members or Associates of the original City of Sheffield Artcrafts Guild and their associates, with Photographs. Unpublished monograph. Sheffield University Library, B 709.42741 (H).Display Location: