Learn about Currie, Herbert Kitchener (kitch)

Herbert Kitchener Currie was born in Perth in 1915. After his education at Wesley College, Kitch Currie attended the Perth Institute of Art. There he worked part time as an assistant for jeweller J.W.R Linton but received no formal apprenticeship until 1936 when he joined Linton's workshop in the evenings learning the art of jewellery making and silversmithing. For over a decade, Kitch Currie joined his brother on a gold refinement plant in Wiluna before returning to Perth in 1945 to resume his position with James Linton until Linton's death in 1947. Kitch Currie continued the skills taught to him by Linton, and with his sister Betsy, moved to Greenmount. He joined the Fremantle Technical College as a teacher of jewellery and design founding a new generation of prolific jewellers. The work of Herbert Kitchener Currie is displayed in the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Learn about Herbert Kitchener Currie

Currie was the maker of this wide silver and amazonite bangle which belies the heaviness of the silver by the fineness of the Australian fern motif giving the effect of laciness. The bangle carries the influences of the Arts and Crafts period that carried through to the 1950's. The bangle is secured by a fine pin through the side hinge so that it is discreetly disguised. The inside panel of the bangle is inscribed KC for Kitch Currie and stamped Sterling Silver Herbert Kitchener Currie was born in Perth in 1915.

After his education at Wesley College, Kitch Currie attended the Perth Institute of Art. There he worked part time as an assistant for jeweller J.W.R Linton but received no formal apprenticeship until 1936 when he joined Linton's workshop in the evenings learning the art of jewellery making and silver smithing. For over a decade, Kitch Currie joined his brother on a gold refinement plant in Wiluna before returning to Perth in 1945 to resume his position with James Linton until Linton's death in 1947. Kitch Currie continued the skills taught to him by Linton, and with his sister Betsy, moved to Greenmount. more...
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An Australian sterling silver amazonite bangle, circa 1950, by Herbert Kitchener Currie, Perth, open work firm design and central stone, stamped marks 7 cm diameter

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