Find Out all About Findings at
the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
Find out about findings and find out
about a component of the area’s history
through a new exhibit at the Attleboro Area Industrial Museum.
By Susan LaHoud, The Sun
Chronicle, August 13, 2009
||Findings, different parts that are
combined to make a single product, are exhibited in a variety of displays
of jewelry and other decorative pieces produced locally dating to the
early 1900’s, said museum director George Shelton.
The exhibit was drawn from pieces of the museum’s
collection which includes 13 or 14 boxes of samples accumulated from area
companies over the years, he said. A number of the items on display were
carried around by salesmen to show a company’s ware.
“We found we had a lot of attractive pieces,”
from bracelets, tie clips and cufflinks, to signs of the Zodiac, animals
and flowers, Shelton said.
The museum’s staff cleaned and arranged for the
exhibit more than 500 pieces of its more than 1,500-item collection
involving findings. The exhibit is open for viewing Thursday and Friday,
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will run for several months, Shelton said.
|“The whole idea behind the exhibit is
to educate people about what findings are - the building blocks of all
pieces of jewelry,” he said. A few of the manufacturers, like the Guyot
Brothers in Attleboro, started in 1904, are still in business today.
They make ornamental jewelry findings, filigree stampings, brass charms
Fasteners, decorative ornaments, clasps, hinges,
pins, posts, ear wires, crimps, jump rings, beads and chains, are among
some of the findings produced locally.
Some jewelry firms over the area’s history
manufactured their own findings and some produced only findings that they
then sold to other firms who combined them to make their finished
The exhibit, Shelton said, “gives a flavor of
the various findings that were popular during that time,” including a
display called “Bells and Whistles,” which resonates with its name.
The Attleboro Area Industrial Museum, 42 Union
St., Attleboro, is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.mp. More
info: 508-222-3918 or www.industrialmuseum.com
Photos of Findings and
Museum Director George Shelton by Sun Chronicle Photographer Tom MaGuire
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