Mary Montgomery (c.1800 - ):
Mary Montgomery was the wife of a local landowner in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. She ran embroidery and sewing classes for girls in Fivemiletown, but in 1891 went to London to learn repousse metal-work. She returned home and started a metal-work class, and in 1893 their work was shown at the Home Arts and Industries Association Exhibition at the Albert Hall in London. The class produced furnishings in copper and brass, such as candle-sticks, tankards and mirror frames and won frequent awards at exhibitions: a silver cross and sixty-nine awards of merit at the Home Arts and Industries Association; five first, seven second, and four third prizes at the Royal Dublin Society and first prizes at Cheltenham and Bristol. Queen Victoria is said to have purchased Fivemiletown work. The classes received more orders than they were able to fullfil, and silver and pewter were added to the materials used. Mary Montgomery set up her own annual exhibition in Fivemiletown, but both this and the Art Metal-work Class ended in 1913 at the beginning of the First World War.