John Templeton Ltd, button manufacturer : button samples and designs

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Button sample albums; illustrated registers of designs; pencil sketches and designs and printed designs. The illustrations depict buttons, buckles, clasps, clips and other dress ornaments with a range of decorative features including flora, fauna, figurative and geometric aspects.

Administrative / Biographical History

The company of John Templeton Ltd was based at 144A Great College Street, London. In the 1930s the directors were J. Frisch, Selwyn Slater and A. J. Templeton. In the 1950s Selwyn Slater took over the running of the company. He designed a range of casein buttons which became known as the Selwyn Slater collection.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

Given by John Templeton Ltd and Samuel Johnson & Sons (London) Ltd, 1983 and 1984.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

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