A rare surviving example of a jeweller’s pattern book belonging to Dundee jeweller Frank R. Edward has gone on display at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum. The pattern book features watercolours and photographs of designs for all kinds of jewellery, as well as for civic and sporting medals. Edward would have used this book to showcase his skill in jewellery and medal design to potential customers.
Edward was employed by fellow Dundee silver and goldsmith James Ramsay from 1910 but had his own jewellery business at 11 Esplanade, Broughty Ferry, from 1926. In 1948 James Ramsay’s business on Reform Street was sold and Edward’s purchased the jewellery repair department and moved his business into Dundee’s city centre.
The jeweller’s pattern book was purchased earlier this year and dates from the mid-1920s to 60s. The purchase was generously supported by the National Fund for Acquisitions (NFA), the Abertay Historical Society, Bea & Ian Neilson and an anonymous donor.
The unusual item will be on display at The McManus until early March 2020.