Mary Ann Scherr (American, 1921 - 2016)


Height x width x depth: 35.5 x 29 x 0.3 cm (14 x 11 7/16 x 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stainless steel

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

This is a bib necklace composed of small and large stainless steel washers cold-connected with steel wire. It has a simple, S-shaped clasp at the back of the ornament. The necklace was made after completing a commission by the U.S. Steel Corporation in 1961 to create created a jewelry collection to demonstate the beauty and durability of stainless steel. The commissioned jewelry toured the U.S. and was then exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (NYC) in 1963.


STAINLESS/SCHERR impreseed on reverse of washer with S-hook clasp as well as on the reverse of a large washer at the bottom left


1970, comissioned by the US Steel Corporation (remained in posession of the artist, Mary Ann Scherr, Raleigh, NC); mid 1990s, purchased from Scherr by Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA; 2001, sold by Mobilia Gallery to anonymous client; 2002, returned by anonymous client to Mobilia Gallery for credit; gift of Mobilia Gallery to the MFA. (Accession date: March 17, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Mobilia Gallery in memory of Edward H. Linde


Reproduced with permission.