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Metal Worker Collection

In the realm of metalwork, a medieval goldsmith delicately hammers away at his craft, creating intricate pieces that will stand the test of time

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Metalwork

Metalwork
MODEL RELEASED. Metalwork. Metalworker watching a CNC (computer numerical control) lathe as it machines a metal component. CNC lathes are controlled electronically

A metal worker using a wire-drawing machine to make thin wire. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English
FLO4577577 A metal worker using a wire-drawing machine to make thin wire. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English Trades and Library of the Useful Arts.; (add.info)

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: A turner in apron using a foot-powered treadle lathe or turning bench, 19th century (engraving)

A turner in apron using a foot-powered treadle lathe or turning bench, 19th century (engraving)
FLO4577862 A turner in apron using a foot-powered treadle lathe or turning bench, 19th century (engraving); (add.info.: Turner using a tour a pedale - A turner in apron using a foot-powered treadle)

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Stephenson's locomotive manufactory at Newcastle-On-Tyne: the steam-hammer, 1864

Stephenson's locomotive manufactory at Newcastle-On-Tyne: the steam-hammer, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
Stephenson's locomotive manufactory at Newcastle-On-Tyne: the steam-hammer, 1864. '...night view of that portion of the forging department containing the Nasmyth steam-hammers

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith's Shop, mid-17th century. Creator: Gabriel Metsu

Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith's Shop, mid-17th century. Creator: Gabriel Metsu
Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith's Shop, mid-17th century

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Armorer, c1802. Creator: Hokusai

Armorer, c1802. Creator: Hokusai
Armorer, c1802

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Metal Working in India, 1911. Creator: Unknown

Metal Working in India, 1911. Creator: Unknown
Metal Working in India, 1911. From "The Book of the Coronation". [Cassell and Company, Ltd. London, 1911]

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Portrait of Michel Le Blon (1587-1656), in or after 1700. Creator: Unknown

Portrait of Michel Le Blon (1587-1656), in or after 1700. Creator: Unknown
Portrait of Michel Le Blon (1587-1656), in or after 1700

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Les vaillans de l'Interieur; L'ouvrier tourneur Narcisse Magot, age de 80 ans, travaillant

Les vaillans de l'Interieur; L'ouvrier tourneur Narcisse Magot, age de 80 ans, travaillant pour la defense nationale. 1916. From "Collection de la Guerre IV

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Esquisse pour la salle des mariages de la mairie du 13ème arrondissement : Vertus civiques. 1878

Esquisse pour la salle des mariages de la mairie du 13ème arrondissement : Vertus civiques. 1878
Esquisse pour la salle des mariages de la mairie du 13eme arrondissement : Vertus civiques. 1878. Sketch for interior of reception hall for marriages. Civic virtues: blacksmith's forge

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville: Forgerons, 1890

Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville: Forgerons, 1890. Creator: Pierre Victor Galland
Esquisse pour la galerie des Metiers de l'Hotel de Ville: Forgerons, 1890. Blacksmiths

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville : Fondeurs, 1890

Esquisse pour la galerie des Métiers de l'Hôtel de Ville : Fondeurs, 1890. Creator: Pierre Victor Galland
Esquisse pour la galerie des Metiers de l'Hotel de Ville : Fondeurs, 1890. Foundry workers

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Sketch for the salon des Sciences of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris: Fire, between 1889 and 1891

Sketch for the salon des Sciences of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris: Fire, between 1889 and 1891
Sketch for the salon des Sciences of the Hotel de Ville in Paris: Fire, between 1889 and 1891. Metalworker at a furnace. (Esquisse pour le salon des Sciences de l'Hotel de Ville de Paris : Le Feu)

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881

Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881. Creator: Jules Didier
Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881

Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881. Creator: Jules Didier
Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881

Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881. Creator: Jules Didier
Metallurgy: Sketch for the school in rue Chateau-Landon, 10th arrondissement of Paris, 1881

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Near or far all trades need to be touched by a reflection of art: Trades: Sketch for the... 1887

Near or far all trades need to be touched by a reflection of art: Trades: Sketch for the... 1887
Near or far all trades need to be touched by a reflection of art: Trades: Sketch for the drawing room in the school in rue Dombasle, 15th arrondissement of Paris, 1887

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Iron Ship Fitting at the Royal Dockyard, Woolwich, 1854. Creator: Unknown

Iron Ship Fitting at the Royal Dockyard, Woolwich, 1854. Creator: Unknown
Iron Ship Fitting at the Royal Dockyard, Woolwich, 1854. Metalworking in London during the Crimean War....preparation of engines of the Termagant, 620-horse power...To form the cranks on the shaft

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Casting a Monster Cylinder, at Messrs. Scott Russell and Co.'s Building-Yard, Millwall, 1854

Casting a Monster Cylinder, at Messrs. Scott Russell and Co.'s Building-Yard, Millwall, 1854. Creator: Unknown
Casting a Monster Cylinder, at Messrs. Scott Russell and Co.'s Building-Yard, Millwall, 1854. Metalworking in London during the Crimean War....the casting of the last of the four largest

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Ammunition Works at Northfleet - Bullet-Casting, 1854. Creator: Unknown

Ammunition Works at Northfleet - Bullet-Casting, 1854. Creator: Unknown
Ammunition Works at Northfleet - Bullet-Casting, 1854. Kent factory of Schlesinger & Wells during the Crimean War -...extensive contract for the supply of ball cartridges to the Turkish

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: St. Eligius, n.d. Creator: Jean de Gourmont

St. Eligius, n.d. Creator: Jean de Gourmont
St. Eligius, n.d

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Saint Eligius and King Dagobert, 1520/30. Creator: Jean de Gourmont

Saint Eligius and King Dagobert, 1520/30. Creator: Jean de Gourmont
Saint Eligius and King Dagobert, 1520/30

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Medal Engraving, from Encyclopédie, 1762/77. Creator: Benoit-Louis Prevost

Medal Engraving, from Encyclopédie, 1762/77. Creator: Benoit-Louis Prevost
Medal Engraving, from Encyclopedie, 1762/77

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: casting the shot and shell for 100... 1862

Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: casting the shot and shell for 100... 1862. Creator: W Thomas
Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: casting the shot and shell for 100 pounders, 1862. In viewing the manner in which the work is carried out in the various branches of the Royal

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: finish-turning a 100-pounder, 1862

Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: finish-turning a 100-pounder, 1862. Creator: Unknown
Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: finish-turning a 100-pounder, 1862. The gun, being now completely built up, is carried to a lathe for the purpose of being finish-turned

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: the beehive, 1862. Creator: Unknown

Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: the beehive, 1862. Creator: Unknown
Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: the beehive, 1862. This is the upper floor of a two-storied building upwards of 200ft. in length and 60ft

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: welding the coil, 1862. Creator: W Thomas

Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: welding the coil, 1862. Creator: W Thomas
Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: welding the coil, 1862. An Armstrong gun was a uniquely designed type of rifled breech-loading field

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: coiling the bars, 1862. Creator: Unknown

Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: coiling the bars, 1862. Creator: Unknown
Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: coiling the bars, 1862. An Armstrong gun was a uniquely designed type of rifled breech-loading field

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: drawing down and welding the... 1862

Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: drawing down and welding the... 1862. Creator: W Thomas
Manufacture of the Armstrong Gun at Woolwich Arsenal: drawing down and welding the bars previous to coiling, 1862. An Armstrong gun was a uniquely designed type of rifled breech-loading field

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Progress of the International Exhibition building: the forge, 1862. Creator: Unknown

Progress of the International Exhibition building: the forge, 1862. Creator: Unknown
Progress of the International Exhibition building: the forge, [London], 1862. View of...a portion of the works going on at the building for the Great Exhibition which is well calculated to give an

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Casting a monster cylinder for Her Majesty's armour-plated frigate Agincourt at Maudslay... 1862

Casting a monster cylinder for Her Majesty's armour-plated frigate Agincourt at Maudslay... 1862. Creator: Unknown
Casting a monster cylinder for Her Majesty's armour-plated frigate Agincourt at the foundry of Maudslay, Sons, and Field, Westminster-road, London, 1862

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Factory courtyard in a provincial town, 1892. Creator: Gustav Adolf Clemens

Factory courtyard in a provincial town, 1892. Creator: Gustav Adolf Clemens
Factory courtyard in a provincial town, 1892

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Interior of the old workshop at Hellebæk, 1859. Creator: Constantin Hansen

Interior of the old workshop at Hellebæk, 1859. Creator: Constantin Hansen
Interior of the old workshop at Hellebaek, 1859

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Five boys making tin utensils, Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1901

Five boys making tin utensils, Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1901. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
Five boys making tin utensils, Carlisle Indian School, Carlisle, Pa. 1901. (Boarding school for Native American students, founded in 1879 under US governmental authority)

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Metal parts are placed on masonite by... North American Aviation, Inc. Inglewood, Calif. 1942

Metal parts are placed on masonite by... North American Aviation, Inc. Inglewood, Calif. 1942. Creator: Alfred T Palmer
Metal parts are placed on masonite by this woman employee before they slide under the multi-ton hydropress, North American Aviation, Inc. Inglewood, Calif

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Portrait of Wenzel Jamnitzer in his Study, 1572 / 75. Creator: Jost Ammon

Portrait of Wenzel Jamnitzer in his Study, 1572 / 75. Creator: Jost Ammon
Portrait of Wenzel Jamnitzer in his Study, 1572/75

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: The Coppersmiths, 1900. Creator: Donald Shaw MacLaughlan

The Coppersmiths, 1900. Creator: Donald Shaw MacLaughlan
The Coppersmiths, 1900

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Medal portraying Delacour, 1899. Creator: Victor David Brenner

Medal portraying Delacour, 1899. Creator: Victor David Brenner
Medal portraying Delacour, 1899

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Toning the Bell, 1874. Creator: Walter Shirlaw

Toning the Bell, 1874. Creator: Walter Shirlaw
Toning the Bell, 1874. Musicians in a foundry, helping the blacksmith tone a church bell

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: The forge of Vulcan with smiths striking an anvil with hammers... 1640-59

The forge of Vulcan with smiths striking an anvil with hammers... 1640-59
The forge of Vulcan with smiths striking an anvil with hammers, while Mars and Venus embrace in the heavens above, 1640-59

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Portraits of Twenty-eight Metal Artists, late 18th-early 19th century

Portraits of Twenty-eight Metal Artists, late 18th-early 19th century

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Novelty Iron works, Foot of 12th St. E. R. New York. Stillman, Allen & Co

Novelty Iron works, Foot of 12th St. E. R. New York. Stillman, Allen & Co
Novelty Iron works, Foot of 12th St. E.R. New York. Stillman, Allen & Co. Iron Founders, Steam Engine and General Machinery Manufacturers, 1841-44

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Smith or Metal-Worker, 1827-35 (colour litho)

Smith or Metal-Worker, 1827-35 (colour litho)
478539 Smith or Metal-Worker, 1827-35 (colour litho) by Burnouf, M.E. (fl.1827-35); Private Collection; (add.info.: TattAn, ou orfevre, illustration from L Inde Francaise, Paris: Chabrelle)

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: A Tinker, plate 37 from The Costume of China, engraved by J

A Tinker, plate 37 from The Costume of China, engraved by J
STC89860 A Tinker, plate 37 from The Costume of China, engraved by J. Dadley, 1800 (engraving) by Mason, Major George Henry (19th century) (after)

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: The Master-Smith, 1907. Creator: Anders Leonard Zorn

The Master-Smith, 1907. Creator: Anders Leonard Zorn
The Master-Smith, 1907

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmelites, 1894. Creator

The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmelites, 1894. Creator
The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmelites, 1894

Background imageMetal Worker Collection: Work, c. 1863. Creator: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

Work, c. 1863. Creator: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
Work, c. 1863



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In the realm of metalwork, a medieval goldsmith delicately hammers away at his craft, creating intricate pieces that will stand the test of time. Inspired by the ancient artistry depicted in portraits such as "Portrait of Wenzel Jamnitzer in his Study, " we witness the dedication and skill required to master this trade. From North American Aviation's bustling factory floor in 1942 to Donald Shaw MacLaughlan's captivating painting titled "The Coppersmiths" from 1900, we see how metalworkers have played an essential role throughout history. These artisans meticulously place metal parts on masonite, forging connections between past and present. Even Victor David Brenner's medal portraying Delacour captures the essence of a skilled metalworker's craftsmanship. The attention to detail is evident as every stroke brings life to their creations. In Walter Shirlaw's masterpiece "Toning the Bell, " we glimpse into a world where blacksmiths strike anvils with hammers, creating harmonious melodies that resonate through time. As we delve further into history, late 18th-early 19th-century portraits reveal twenty-eight talented metal artists who left an indelible mark on their craft. Their passion for shaping raw materials into works of art continues to inspire generations. Moving forward in time, Novelty Iron Works stands proudly at the foot of 12th St. , New York City—a testament to innovation and progress within the industry. Meanwhile, Jost Ammon immortalizes a Smith or Metal-Worker through vibrant color lithography during the early 19th century—an era marked by industrial growth and technological advancements. Lastly, plate 37 from "The Costume of China" showcases A Tinker—another facet of metalworking that highlights resourcefulness and adaptability across cultures. Through these glimpses into various periods and styles within metalwork history, one thing remains constant: The unwavering commitment displayed by metalworkers in their pursuit of excellence.