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Fastener Collection

"From ancient times to modern fashion: Exploring the world of fasteners" Step into the fascinating world of fasteners, where history and style intertwine

Background imageFastener Collection: SEM of a hooks and loops fastener

SEM of a hooks and loops fastener
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM)of a hooks and loops fastener. It is a two-sheet material that is used as a reversible fastener on clothing and fabrics

Background imageFastener Collection: Iron Shutter Fastener, c. 1936. Creator: James M. Lawson

Iron Shutter Fastener, c. 1936. Creator: James M. Lawson
Iron Shutter Fastener, c. 1936

Background imageFastener Collection: Shutter Stay, 1935/1942. Creator: Floyd R. Sharp

Shutter Stay, 1935/1942. Creator: Floyd R. Sharp
Shutter Stay, 1935/1942

Background imageFastener Collection: Belt Buckle, c. 1937. Creator: Lyman Young

Belt Buckle, c. 1937. Creator: Lyman Young
Belt Buckle, c. 1937

Background imageFastener Collection: Ankle Band or Garters, c. 1937. Creator: Lyman Young

Ankle Band or Garters, c. 1937. Creator: Lyman Young
Ankle Band or Garters, c. 1937

Background imageFastener Collection: Door Hinges, c. 1936. Creator: James M. Lawson

Door Hinges, c. 1936. Creator: James M. Lawson
Door Hinges, c. 1936

Background imageFastener Collection: Shutter Hinge and Fastener, c. 1936. Creator: James M. Lawson

Shutter Hinge and Fastener, c. 1936. Creator: James M. Lawson
Shutter Hinge and Fastener, c. 1936

Background imageFastener Collection: Chest, c. 1936. Creator: Elizabeth Curtis

Chest, c. 1936. Creator: Elizabeth Curtis
Chest, c. 1936

Background imageFastener Collection: Belt hooks, from Chalons-en-Champagne, Tene II (300-120 BC) (metal)

Belt hooks, from Chalons-en-Champagne, Tene II (300-120 BC) (metal)
XIR232688 Belt hooks, from Chalons-en-Champagne, Tene II (300-120 BC) (metal) by Gaulish; Musee des Antiquites Nationales, St

Background imageFastener Collection: Netsuke in the shape of a gourd, Yamashiro province, Edo period or Meiji era (ceramic)

Netsuke in the shape of a gourd, Yamashiro province, Edo period or Meiji era (ceramic)
FSG324770 Netsuke in the shape of a gourd, Yamashiro province, Edo period or Meiji era (ceramic) by Japanese School, (19th century); 6.2x2.7 cm; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution

Background imageFastener Collection: Brooch in the form of a Greek cross (gold & precious stones)

Brooch in the form of a Greek cross (gold & precious stones)
XIR199113 Brooch in the form of a Greek cross (gold & precious stones) by Byzantine School, (6th century); Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Tuscany

Background imageFastener Collection: Pattern of Safety Pins

Pattern of Safety Pins

Background imageFastener Collection: Advert for Fitu corsets 1934

Advert for Fitu corsets 1934
Controlled curves. A wraparound figure form designed for large hip figures. Boned underbelt for extra control of abdomen and hips. Hookside fastening. 1934

Background imageFastener Collection: Empire State Building, New York City, New York, USA

Empire State Building, New York City, New York, USA
Sculpture depicting construction of the Empire State Building; New York City, New York, United States of America

Background imageFastener Collection: Charles Rochussen childhood home Leuvehaven fire

Charles Rochussen childhood home Leuvehaven fire
Charles Rochussen, The childhood home of Charles Rochussen at the Leuvehaven after the fire of May 14, 1849, cityscape painting visual material picture frame nail fastener wood iron gold oil paint

Background imageFastener Collection: Clasp Maker. 19Th Century Reproduction Of 16Th Century Woodcut By Jost Amman

Clasp Maker. 19Th Century Reproduction Of 16Th Century Woodcut By Jost Amman

Background imageFastener Collection: Train Tracks Lightly Covered With Snow; Alberta, Canada

Train Tracks Lightly Covered With Snow; Alberta, Canada

Background imageFastener Collection: Crown Of Thorns

Crown Of Thorns

Background imageFastener Collection: Gold Dress-Fastener, Late Bronze Age, Irish, c1400BC-600 BC

Gold Dress-Fastener, Late Bronze Age, Irish, c1400BC-600 BC
Gold Dress-Fastener, Late Bronze Age, Irish, c1400-600 BC

Background imageFastener Collection: Screw

Screw
Illustration of a screw screwed in a wood

Background imageFastener Collection: Viking gilded bronze dress fastener, 9th century

Viking gilded bronze dress fastener, 9th century
Viking gilded bronze dress fastener from Denmark. Now in the National Museums collection in Copenhagen, 9th century

Background imageFastener Collection: Advert for Madame Bellanger corsetmarker 1912

Advert for Madame Bellanger corsetmarker 1912
Advertisement for Madame Bellanger, Edwardian women wearing long-line corsets, with straight-front giving no curving to the figure, and also a bra with uplift and fastener to the front. Date: 1912

Background imageFastener Collection: Advert for Madame Bellanger corsetmarker 1911

Advert for Madame Bellanger corsetmarker 1911
Advertisement for Madame Bellanger, Edwardian women wearing long-line corsets, with straight-front giving no curving to the figure, and also a bra with uplift and fastener to the front. Date: 1911

Background imageFastener Collection: Chess Board Frock 1930S

Chess Board Frock 1930S
A silk dress with a high neck line and full, 3/4-length sleeves in a brown and white chess board check design. Worn with gauntlets & a belt with pointed ends & button fastener Date: 1930s

Background imageFastener Collection: Women wearing fur-lined winter coats 1909

Women wearing fur-lined winter coats 1909
Two women wearing fur-lined coats, one with full length with fur-trim, decorative fasten to the front, other with a diagonal wrap-over front and fur collar and cuffs

Background imageFastener Collection: South America, Mexico, Tecate. Detail on wooden bench at Rancho La Purerta. Credit as

South America, Mexico, Tecate. Detail on wooden bench at Rancho La Purerta. Credit as: Don Paulson / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Background imageFastener Collection: Multicolored paper clips. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Multicolored paper clips. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont(RF)

Background imageFastener Collection: Pile of colored paper clips. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Pile of colored paper clips. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont(RF)

Background imageFastener Collection: Abstract of multicolored paper clips. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont

Abstract of multicolored paper clips. Credit as: Dennis Flaherty / Jaynes Gallery / DanitaDelimont(RF)

Background imageFastener Collection: Jerusalem Gate, Buedingen, Wetterau region, Hesse, Germany, Europe

Jerusalem Gate, Buedingen, Wetterau region, Hesse, Germany, Europe

Background imageFastener Collection: WW1 - Soldier gives away all souvenir buttons from uniform

WW1 - Soldier gives away all souvenir buttons from uniform
WW1 - A slightly daft-looking young Soldier has to resort to a large safety pin, as he has given away all the souvenir buttons from his uniform to family and female admirers... Date: circa 1915

Background imageFastener Collection: Drawing from the patent application of American inventor Whitcomb L

Drawing from the patent application of American inventor Whitcomb L. Judson for a clasp locker and unlocker for shoes
INVENTION: SHOE FASTENER. Drawing from the patent application of American inventor Whitcomb L. Judson for a clasp locker and unlocker for shoes, a precursor of the zipper, 1893

Background imageFastener Collection: Glasses hinge, SEM

Glasses hinge, SEM
Glasses hinge. Composite image of text and a coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the hinge between a pair of glasses and one of its arms. Magnification: x2.5 at 5x7cm size

Background imageFastener Collection: Hook and eye, SEM

Hook and eye, SEM
Hook and eye. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hook and eye fastener for clothes. Magnification: x5.5 at 5x7cm size

Background imageFastener Collection: SEM of a fastener

SEM of a fastener
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hooks and loops fastener. It is a two-sheet material which is used as a reversible fastener on clothing and fabrics

Background imageFastener Collection: Zip, SEM

Zip, SEM
Zip. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the teeth and slider of a zip. Magnification: x2.5 at 6x7cm size

Background imageFastener Collection: Nylon cable tie, SEM

Nylon cable tie, SEM
Cable tie. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a nylon cable tie fastener. The ratcheted strip of this fastener can usually move in one direction only. Magnification: x5 at 5x7cm size

Background imageFastener Collection: USA, Assortment of multicolored paper clips

USA, Assortment of multicolored paper clips

Background imageFastener Collection: Art deco style brooch or fastener

Art deco style brooch or fastener
An art deco style rectangular brooch or fastener in black, brown and gold. Date: 1930s

Background imageFastener Collection: Folding Travel Chair

Folding Travel Chair
A useful chair for holidays and picnics. Folds into a very small waterproof bag, with a stud fastener and handle for carrying! Date: 1930s

Background imageFastener Collection: Screw, SEM

Screw, SEM
Screw, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM)

Background imageFastener Collection: Nuts and bolts

Nuts and bolts. Close-up of nuts screwed onto bolts to hold together parts of a metal structure (yellow). The circular rings between the nuts and the main body of the structure are called washers

Background imageFastener Collection: Nut and bolt, SEM

Nut and bolt, SEM
Nut and bolt, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM)

Background imageFastener Collection: Fractured bolts

Fractured bolts. Close-up of the ends of a number of threaded steel rods, showing where they have snapped, due to the application of excessive stress

Background imageFastener Collection: Florists device for fastening bouquets of flowers

Florists device for fastening bouquets of flowers
A florists device for fastening bouquets of flowers



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"From ancient times to modern fashion: Exploring the world of fasteners" Step into the fascinating world of fasteners, where history and style intertwine. Starting with a SEM image of hooks and loops fastener, we delve into the intricate details that make these small yet mighty tools so essential in our daily lives. Traveling back to 1934, an advert for Fitu corsets captures the allure and elegance that can be achieved with the help of well-designed fasteners. These tiny components hold together garments that enhance our curves and boost confidence. Moving on to door hinges from 1936, created by James M. Lawson, we witness how even functional objects can possess beauty. The craftsmanship behind these hinges showcases the importance of reliable fastening mechanisms in architecture and design. Intriguingly, a shutter hinge and fastener from the same era also catches our attention. Again designed by James M. Lawson, this piece demonstrates how aesthetics merge seamlessly with functionality when it comes to securing shutters while adding a touch of sophistication. Venturing further into history, we encounter belt hooks dating back to Tene II (300-120 BC). These metal artifacts from Chalons-en-Champagne remind us that even ancient civilizations recognized the need for secure attachments in their clothing accessories. A unique netsuke shaped like a gourd takes us to Japan's Edo period or Meiji era. This ceramic masterpiece not only serves as a decorative item but also highlights how innovative solutions were devised for attaching personal belongings securely during those times. Shifting gears towards jewelry, we discover a stunning brooch in the form of a Greek cross adorned with gold and precious stones. Fastened elegantly onto garments or accessories like scarves or shawls, such exquisite pieces have been cherished throughout history as symbols of status and beauty. The patterned arrangement of safety pins surprises us next – reminding us that sometimes simplicity is key when it comes to fastening.