Metalwork Gallery Animations: Cigarette Box

Joyce Rosemary Himsworth (1905 - 1990)

From an early age, Himsworth worked with her silversmith father, Joseph Beeston Himsworth, making small spoons and items of jewellery. She went on to study at Sheffield School of Art, focusing on jewellery manufacture and enamelling.

Himsworth became a member of the Sheffield Art Crafts Guild and the Red Rose Guild. She also taught at art colleges in Rotherham and Chesterfield.
In 1925 Himsworth and her father created and registered their own hallmark, which contained both sets of their intitals. After a highly successful career, Himsworth eventually retired in the 1960s.

Many of Himsworth’s designs were decorated using the niello technique. This includes another cigarette box and a child’s cup currently on display in the Metalwork Gallery at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.

Himsworth used other traditional methods of decoration in her work, including mounted semi-precious stones. She was particularly renowned for producing enamel work of an incredibly high quality using several different techniques.

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