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Help Fund the Restoration of the 10th Anniversary Gates

Mother’s Day, 2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of the dedication of the Metal Museum’s beloved 10th Anniversary Gates.

To honor this special occasion, the Museum is cleaning, restoring and sprucing up the gates and all 331 rosettes - and will FINALLY publish a catalog, documenting the history and artistry of the most photographed object in the Museum’s collection.

Sponsorships start at $100 and will include a copy of the 10th Anniversary Gates catalog and an invitation to the re-dedication party.

Call 901.774.6380 for more details, or sign-up online

For generously sponsoring the restoration of the 10th Anniversary Gates, the Metal Museum extends a special thanks to


10th Anniversary Gates



Metalsmiths from around the world contributed samples of their work to the Anniversary Gates. The rosettes, typically about the size of a doorknob, show an incredible range of personal statements about the individual artist's interests, national pastimes and sometimes whimsical design motifs. Most visitors to the Museum spend much time examining the Anniversary Gates and their fabulous assemblage of mounted rosettes.  Funds were raised from various sources to complete the gates. Bryan Systems, Inc. later donated the automatic gate opener and access control that makes the gates both beautiful and functional.

Read "Anvil's Ring" article by James A. Wallace.


Features and Dimensions

  • Height: 16 feet
  • Width: 15 feet, 6 inches
  • Weight: Two sections of 1,700 pounds each
  • Material: Forged steel and scrollwork frame finished in black with 23k gold leaf. Decorative rosettes are in a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • Style: Renaissance, with repetition of a classic "S" scroll set in heavy framework, with each scroll terminating in two individualized rosettes. The rosettes are the metalsmiths' personal statements and take many forms, including fish, tableware, tools and musical instruments.  Artists from around the world contributed the rosettes.  Featured countries include Australia, Canada, Czechoslovakia, England, Finland, France, Germany (including both the former East Germany and West Germany), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, United States of America and Wales.
  • Chief Designer: Richard Quinnell, Ltd., Surrey, England
  • Dedication: Mothers Day, Sunday, May 14, 1989
  • Occasion: Observance of the 10th Anniversary of the National Ornamental Metal Museum's opening, which was Feb. 2, 1979.
  • Number of Metalsmiths Who Contributed Rosettes: Nearly 200
  • Number of Rosettes: 360 places, 331 completed
  • Number of Scrolls: 192
  • Number of Persons Who Have Passed Through Gates: 672,000

Contributing Artists

  • Jarmo Anttila
  • Philip Baldwin
  • Don Barker
  • Steve Baxter
  • Mack Beal
  • Berkeen Manufacturing
  • Robert Bergman
  • Berth Johansson
  • Bacci
  • Michael Bondi
  • Fred Borcherdt
  • Doug Carmichael
  • Lowell Chaput
  • Bruce Clark
  • Tina Chisena
  • Merrit Cleaver
  • Skip Cluff
  • H. Cole
  • Robert Coogan
  • Jim Cooper
  • Jim Cotter
  • David Court
  • Larry Crawford
  • Benny Crevitt
  • Mike Crummy
  • C. Dahlstrom
  • William Dawe
  • Alan Dawson
  • Ralf Driessen
  • Richard Dyer
  • Ron Eastman
  • Lars Erick
  • Kurt Fehrenbach
  • Phillip Fike
  • Franklin Forge
  • Southern Ohio Forge Association
  • Tim Fortune
  • Jeffrey Funk
  • Dimitri Gerakaris
  • Noel Gregg
  • Jerry Grice
  • Edwin Grove
  • Theo Grunewald
  • Ken Hambel
  • Michael Hasse
  • Goro Hatanaka
  • Bill Helwig
  • Rebecca P. Hemmingway
  • Doug Hendrickson
  • Toby Hickman
  • Stuart Hill
  • Logan Hirsh
  • Grady Holley
  • Jim Horrobin
  • Japheth Howard
  • Brian Hughes
  • Mitsuhira Ishikawa
  • Brenton Curtis
  • David James
  • Russell Jaqua
  • Carl Jennings
  • Bruce Johnson
  • Rob Keeler, Keeler Ironworks
  • D. Keller
  • Kentucky Blacksmiths
  • Peter King
  • L. Brent Kington
  • Alex Klahm
  • Richard Klimesh
  • A. Knight
  • Terry Knudson
  • Richard Kolpack
  • Keiko Kubota-Miura
  • Memphis Police Department
  • Paul Lacy
  • Ian Lamb
  • Christopher Lambert
  • Thomas Latané
  • Rauno Lehtonen
  • Marcia Lewis
  • M. Linn
  • M. Lucas
  • M. Lysekil
  • Bruce Macmillan
  • Michael Malleson
  • Joan Markell
  • George Martin
  • Lars Matsson
  • Richard Mawdsley
  • Floyd McDaniel
  • Charlie McKinney
  • Bob McQueen
  • Tim McCreight
  • John Medwedeff
  • Mississippi Forge Council
  • Lee Ann Mitchell
  • Sam & Jean Moss
  • Steve Nauman
  • Jonathan Nedbor
  • Darryl Nelson
  • Larry Newbern
  • Jouko Nieminen, Finland
  • Peat Oberon
  • David Owens
  • Chris Padelford
  • Peter Parkinson
  • Craig Parton
  • Tony Patel
  • Bob Patrick
  • Joe Pehoski
  • David Pimentel
  • Melvin Pinnock
  • Carl Plehaty
  • Henry Pomfret
  • Ron Porter
  • Richard Prillaman
  • Dennis Proska
  • Alan Puddick
  • Lucy Quinnell
  • Richard Quinnell
  • Joachim Quitzan
  • Manfred Bredohl
  • Henry L. Rehm
  • David Reis
  • Antony Robinson
  • Steve Rosenberg
  • Ray Rossi
  • Brian W. Russell
  • Brian F. Russell
  • G. Scholze
  • John Schultz
  • Joel Schwartz
  • Bob Selvaggio
  • Alvin Sher
  • Brad Silberberg
  • Mirko Siakkou
  • Rick Smith
  • Ray Sobel
  • Clay Spencer
  • Mike Spencer
  • John Steel
  • Dorothy Stiegler
  • Tore Stenfelt
  • M. Stratman
  • Emmert Studebaker
  • Ken-ichi Suganuma
  • Stu Thompson
  • Linda Threadgill
  • Peter Tickler
  • Randy Unger
  • Adam Varley
  • James Virnala
  • Peter Walker
  • Chapel Hill Forge
  • Daniel Wallace
  • Jedediah Wallace
  • James A. Wallace
  • Nol Putnam
  • Paul Woodmass
  • Steve Wooldridge
  • Peter Wynne
  • Paul Zimmermann


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