When steel jewellery was popular

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ALISON Winward of Bolton asks for information on jewellery made by Sheffield’s Lord Python Designs (April 27).

She is spot-on with the date of the stainless steel ring, set with stone (possibly abalone?) in pinpointing the date as the end of the 1960s or early 1970s.

There was huge interest in stainless jewellery among young women at this time and I logged over 30 small firms that set up in Sheffield circa 1969-1975 to meet this demand.

I was working in the heavy metal trades in Rotherham around that time, but I had an equal interest in the light metal trades, so set up a Saturday Sheffield Shop on Rotherham market with two friends.

We sold cutlery, pewterware and tools as well, but the jewellery was by far the biggest attraction.

Lord Python jewellery looked classy and beautifully finished, so I called on them and met their Mr Monk in September 1971.

He was friendly, but preferred not to deal with us, since his sales were through top silverware and jewellery shops, such as Walker & Hall.

Lord Python was at 151, Arundel Street, then newly-painted yellow, sharing the premises with John Sellers, highly skilled manufacturers of metal engraving plates. The building, still called Sellers’ Wheel, is now boarded-up, yellow paint faded, but The Star reports that redevelopment of the Grade II building is approved.

The fashion for stainless jewellery died by 1980 - perhaps it’s now reviving?

As is the way in Sheffield, many of the 30-plus makers moved on to manufacturing other products.

Don Alexander, Knab Road, S7