Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit An exhibit of Irish and Scottish Celtic Revival jewelry that tells the story of how this living art form evolved from the dying embers of the medieval tradition to the beginning of the current Celtic Renaissance.
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This exhibit and book was created in 2013. The purpose is to study the jewelry of the Celtic Revival from about 1840 through the present, with most examples from the 19th and early to middle 20th centuries.A second showing, with some new acquisitions, will be presented at Walker Metalsmiths in Andover, NY during March of 2016. The jewelry of the exhibit includes colorful Scottish Victorian pebble jewelry, Irish facsimiles of medieval brooches that were popular in the 1850, including the famous Waterhouse "Tara" brooch. Luckenbooth and Claddagh jewelry, Iona jewelry by Alexander Ritchie, Iain McCormick, John Hart and others as well of a selection of more contemporary work by the craftsmen who were influencing the current fashions in Celtic jewelry, Aidan Breen, Ola Gorie, Russell Caldwell and others from the 1870s and 1980s.

12/01/2018
Ola Gorie Jewellery

Ola Gorie Jewellery

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The "Royal Tara Brooch" manufactured by Waterhouse & Co. Dublin after the original medieval brooch discovered at Bettyst...
01/19/2018
BOXED ANTIQUE IRISH SILVER GILT ROYAL TARA ANNULAR BROOCH by WATERHOUSE DUBLIN | eBay

The "Royal Tara Brooch" manufactured by Waterhouse & Co. Dublin after the original medieval brooch discovered at Bettystown in Co. Meath. Waterhouse made thousands of these but you only see a few show up on the market each year, often for much more than this. We have one of these in the permanent collection. Here is an opportunity for a serious collector to have a real piece of Celtic Revival History.

An antique Irish, silver gilt (sterling silver with a pale gold wash) Royal Tara annular brooch, with beautiful Celtic designs and housed in a fitted box of the period. DATE/MARKS : Around 1860/70. Marked 'Waterhouse Dublin'. | eBay!

Citrine or Golden Topaz are the birthstones for November. Have you ever wondered why there is so much citrine in Celtic ...
11/03/2017

Citrine or Golden Topaz are the birthstones for November. Have you ever wondered why there is so much citrine in Celtic jewelry? Cairngorm citrines, native to Scotland, have been popular in Scottish and Celtic jewelry since Victorian times. Citrine from other sources and even tea-colored glass have been used to create the look of Cairngorm stones in the absence of the very rare authentic material.

A bog oak bracelet from ireland. Probably late 19th century. Family history shared by the owner says that this was broug...
10/07/2017

A bog oak bracelet from ireland. Probably late 19th century. Family history shared by the owner says that this was brought to America with an immigrant ancestor.

Brass plates at Iona Abbey. These were made by Alexander Ritchie, early 20th century.
07/22/2017

Brass plates at Iona Abbey. These were made by Alexander Ritchie, early 20th century.

Today is Celtic Art Day! Wear your Celtic Jewelry, clothing and display your Celtic Art with pride and purpose.
06/09/2017
International Day of Celtic Art

Today is Celtic Art Day! Wear your Celtic Jewelry, clothing and display your Celtic Art with pride and purpose.

June 9, 2017 has been designated the first International Day of Celtic Art. Artists, scholars and lovers of Celtic Art worldwide are celebrating.

There will an open house at Walker Metalsmiths on June 9 for 5 to 8 PM. Supporting this world-wide effort to raise aware...
04/28/2017
International Day of Celtic Art

There will an open house at Walker Metalsmiths on June 9 for 5 to 8 PM. Supporting this world-wide effort to raise awareness of Celtic art and design.

June 9, 2017 has been designated the first International Day of Celtic Art. Artists, scholars and lovers of Celtic Art worldwide are celebrating.

The exhibit highlights have been given a permanent display space at Walker Metalsmiths, 1 Main St, Andover, NY.  Stop by...
05/05/2016

The exhibit highlights have been given a permanent display space at Walker Metalsmiths, 1 Main St, Andover, NY. Stop by and see it anytime during regular business hours - Mon - Fri 9 to 5, Sat 10 to 3.

A late addition to our exhibit of antique Irish and Scottish jewelry. This medal and certificate belonged to William Dor...
03/10/2016

A late addition to our exhibit of antique Irish and Scottish jewelry. This medal and certificate belonged to William Doran, the father of legendary Hornell radio broadcaster Kevin Doran. The ink is faded in the blanks, but reads "William Doran (B Coy)" and the dates are 1918 to 1921. Doran was one of Michael Collin's men.

Getting the exhibit ready for the public. Opening party next Friday.
03/04/2016

Getting the exhibit ready for the public. Opening party next Friday.

Just a little over two weeks before the exhibits opens at Walker Metalsmiths in Andover, March 11, 2016.
02/23/2016

Just a little over two weeks before the exhibits opens at Walker Metalsmiths in Andover, March 11, 2016.

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit
02/09/2016

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit's cover photo
02/09/2016

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit's cover photo

A Celtic Revival brooch spotted in Dublin. Made by Wm. Atchinson circa 1870.
01/27/2016

A Celtic Revival brooch spotted in Dublin. Made by Wm. Atchinson circa 1870.

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit's cover photo
12/01/2015

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit's cover photo

Even the money on the Isle of Man shows Knox influenced Celtic interlace.
07/22/2014

Even the money on the Isle of Man shows Knox influenced Celtic interlace.

Our book is on sale in the gift shop at the National Museum of Ireland.
07/16/2014

Our book is on sale in the gift shop at the National Museum of Ireland.

Gold and turquoise brooch designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. Today, April 9, is Knox's 150th birthday, which i...
04/09/2014

Gold and turquoise brooch designed by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. Today, April 9, is Knox's 150th birthday, which is being observed with great honor on his native Isle of Man.

Another Archibald Knox piece by Liberty & Co. Early 20th century.
03/31/2014

Another Archibald Knox piece by Liberty & Co. Early 20th century.

An exceptional gem by Liberty and Co. design attributed to Archibald Knox, early 20th century.
03/30/2014

An exceptional gem by Liberty and Co. design attributed to Archibald Knox, early 20th century.

Edinburgh silver hallmarks for 1906 on this beautifully engraved sgian dubh. Interlace designs were nearly extinct from ...
09/19/2013

Edinburgh silver hallmarks for 1906 on this beautifully engraved sgian dubh. Interlace designs were nearly extinct from 1750 to 1850, but persisted on the handles and mounts of decorative Scottish weapons that would be worn with kilts. This knife is ahead of its time, as the silver is also adorned with well designed knotwork, a trend that became much more common in the late 20th century.

This is the last few days of the Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit. Tonight (Friday May 31) there will be a book ...
05/31/2013

This is the last few days of the Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit. Tonight (Friday May 31) there will be a book signing and closing reception from 5 to 8 at Walker Metalsmiths in Packets Landing, Fairport. This piece is "Tara Ware" enamel on sterling silver, Dublin hallmarks for 1970. We don't know too much about this range except that it carried on the modernist style of Cuala Studios and also looks very much like the art of Thomas Augustus O'Shaughnessy.

Cavan Brooch, Inscription on the back in raised letters that are moulded right into the tooling: “West & Company Regis...
05/16/2013

Cavan Brooch, Inscription on the back in raised letters that are moulded right into the tooling: “West & Company Registered 1849” Hollow gilt silver 2.25 inches diameter. A facsimile of this pattern executed in Wicklow gold with a large Irish river pearl was created as a gift from the Provost and Senior Fellows of Trinity College to Queen Victoria to mark the occasion of her visit to the Library Subsequently this brooch was also known as the “Queen’s Brooch”. Commissioned by West & Co and manufactured by Edmond Johnson Jr.
See pages 26 & 27.

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit's cover photo
05/09/2013

Modern History of Celtic Jewelry Exhibit's cover photo

The book is read for purchase. Use discount code 7VUKL45N at check out to save $5.00. https://www.createspace.com/422205...
05/09/2013
"The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery" by Stephen Walker

The book is read for purchase. Use discount code 7VUKL45N at check out to save $5.00. https://www.createspace.com/4222059

From the recovery after the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s to the booming Celtic Tiger of the 1990s, a revival of the ancient traditions of Celtic jewelry have become a part of how the Irish, as well as the Scots, Welsh and other Celts have expressed their cultural identity. Usually the story of t...

After much delay the proofs finally arrived for the book. Sue Walker is making some color corrections on a few of the ph...
05/07/2013

After much delay the proofs finally arrived for the book. Sue Walker is making some color corrections on a few of the photos and Steve found some small errors to clean-up in the text. Final proof reading should be done tomorrow. The book is on schedule for release in a couple of weeks.

The Modern History of Celtic Jewelry book has been sent to the printer. Should be ready for sale by the end of May. This...
04/30/2013

The Modern History of Celtic Jewelry book has been sent to the printer. Should be ready for sale by the end of May. This photo is a silver brooch with gold filigree made by Stephen Walker in 1980.

The back of a 2 inch diameter facsimile of the Hunterston Brooch. Gilt silver, no marks. Very conventional contemporary ...
04/27/2013

The back of a 2 inch diameter facsimile of the Hunterston Brooch. Gilt silver, no marks. Very conventional contemporary Victorian hand engraving that has nothing to do with the ornament of the original Hunterston Brooch. The front follows the design of the original artifact.

The book should be ready for purchase next month. You can preview one chapter online at https://www.createspace.com/Prev...
04/18/2013
The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery

The book should be ready for purchase next month. You can preview one chapter online at https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1123429

Celtic jewellery from the Celtic Revival starting in the 1840s to the Celtic Renaissance of the present. The book explores antiquarian reproductions of medieval metalwork, Victorian Scottish pebble jewellery, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the survival of the tradition through the 20th century.

This must be one of the oldest Celtic interlace rings of the modern era!
04/17/2013

This must be one of the oldest Celtic interlace rings of the modern era!

This ring was worn by Arthur Lasanby Liberty and was designed by Archibald Knox.

Superb Liberty & Co. Ring, Gold and Diamond in case H: 1.4 cm (0.55 in) Ring Size UK: N1/2, US:7, EU:54.4, Asia:14. Old cut diamond 0.50 cts approx British 1900. Provenance: The Liberty Family, Originally worn by Arthur Lasenby Liberty. Literature: cf Liberty Jewellery sketch-book p, 69 Model no. 4040, Archibald Knox, Stephen A. Martin 1995 p.263
Image courtesy of Tadema Gallery London

An interesting statement in a review of the 6th Exhibition of the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland. It was printed in ...
04/06/2013

An interesting statement in a review of the 6th Exhibition of the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland. It was printed in "The Studio" magazine of December 1921, written by Thomas Bodkin.

"Earlier ones (exhibitions of the Society) contained a large percentage of work that was frankly based on Celtic ornament. But those who practiced and thosewho patronized art in Ireland had a very apparent predilection for any form of design or decoration which savored, however slightly, of Celtic origin. A
perverted patriotism tended to poison taste. Now, however, though Irishmen, individually and collectively, are, perhaps more race conscious than they have been during the past century, their outlook on this question is more rational; and they have come to realize that national art all over the world has burst, long ago, the narrow boundaries within which it was cradled, and grows more
cosmopolitan in spirit with each succeeding generation."

The review is very favorable and this criticism of previous trends is offered as praise for aesthetic progress. Thomas Bodkin was governor of the National Gallery of Ireland at the time he wrote this, so he was taken seriously by the kinds of guys that take these things seriously.

Apologies to our audience. By a terrible oversight we neglected to include a single Celtic Revival jewelry example of a ...
03/17/2013

Apologies to our audience. By a terrible oversight we neglected to include a single Celtic Revival jewelry example of a shamrock in the exhibit. This splendid example from 1902 is on Ebay at the moment. Still available. If the buyer wants to lend it to our exhibit we will cover them in the glory of a loan acknowledgement and photo credit in the forthcoming book.

Alexander and  Euphemia Ritchie with their dogs Kim and Fifi on the Isle of Iona 1920s or 30s. The frame is of their own...
03/16/2013

Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie with their dogs Kim and Fifi on the Isle of Iona 1920s or 30s. The frame is of their own artistry, signed on the back: AER IONA 1901. The Ritchie's business "Iona Celtic Art" produced wonderful Celtic jewelry, embroideries and brass ware on the Scottish Isle of Iona from 1899 to 1940.

Ola Gorie at the bench in the late 1960s. Ola was the first jewellery graduate from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen in ...
03/12/2013

Ola Gorie at the bench in the late 1960s. Ola was the first jewellery graduate from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen in 1960. This photo was taken after she had returned to Orkney to establish her business after a Canadian sojourn. This photo was kindly provided by Ola Gorie Jewellery for use in the forthcoming book about the Modern History of Celtic Jewelry that we expect to have available in late May 2013.

Lecture on the Modern History of Celtic Jewelry tomorrow night, Tuesday March 12 @7:30 at St. John Fisher College in Eas...
03/11/2013
Walker Metalsmiths Presents Historical Celtic Jewelry Exhibit and Book

Lecture on the Modern History of Celtic Jewelry tomorrow night, Tuesday March 12 @7:30 at St. John Fisher College in East Rochester, NY. Tara Kelly of Trinity College Dublin and Stephen Walker will be presenting. Thank-you to the Irish American Cultural Institute for hosting the venue. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/3/prweb10507550.htm

The antique Irish “Royal Tara Brooch” that launched the Celtic Revival, will be on display in an exhibit of over 60 pieces of antique Celtic jewelry from the past 160 years at Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry in Fairport, NY. The exhibit will tell the story of how the traditional forms and intricat...

The University Brooch, named because the original has long been in the collection of Trinity College was discovered at R...
03/09/2013

The University Brooch, named because the original has long been in the collection of Trinity College was discovered at Rathlin Island, County Antrim. This large silver penannular brooch from the Viking Period is likely a ninth century design. This Waterhouse version is half the diameter of the original. Unlike many of the Celtic Revival brooches, this one is made to be worn as a true penannular brooch rather than being fitted with a more modern pin and catch on the back. It is cast and bears the later Waterhouse mark with raised letters on a depressed background. This example is engraved “Christmas Eve 1904 H.B.H.”

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