After a recent lecture I was asked if I knew when the cut-out,
rounded recesses in jeweller’s benches first appeared. Been trying to
Can find only straight-edge benches in representations up to early
17th century and the first cut-out I’ve seen is in Diderot’s
encyclopedia of the mid 18th century. Anyone know of earlier cut-out
I’ve put a low-res representation of the Diderot example on my
’Jewellery History’ Facebook page if it is of interest.