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"Tools: Unveiling the Artistry of Craftsmanship Through Time" From shoeing horses in 1844 to coopers meticulously crafting wooden barrels

Background imageTool Collection: Shoeing, 1844, (1938). Artist: Edwin Henry Landseer

Shoeing, 1844, (1938). Artist: Edwin Henry Landseer
Shoeing, 1844. Painting held at the Tate Britain, London. From World-Famous Paintings edited by J. Greig Pirie [W. & G. Foyle, Ltd, London, 1938.]

Background imageTool Collection: Miners working at the coalface, South Wales

Miners working at the coalface, South Wales
Two miners, stripped to the waist, working at the coalface in a coal seam in South Wales

Background imageTool Collection: Coopers at work making wooden barrels

Coopers at work making wooden barrels
Four coopers hard at work in their workshop making traditional wooden barrels. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageTool Collection: Blacksmith Tools 1875

Blacksmith Tools 1875
A range of tools used by a blacksmith or ironsmith, including pincers, a hook, files, a hammer and a mallet. 1875

Background imageTool Collection: Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre

Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. Artist: Leon-Maxime Faivre
Deux meres ( Two Mothers ), 1888. From the Musee d Orsay, Paris

Background imageTool Collection: Blacksmiths outside their forge

Blacksmiths outside their forge
A superb photograph of six Blacksmiths and coachbuilders posing for a photograph outside their forge/workshop, each holding the tools of their trade

Background imageTool Collection: Set of glass eyeballs

Set of glass eyeballs. Each shell illustrates a disease or abnormality affecting the eye. The set was hand crafted in the late 1920s by ocularists of Theodore Hamblin Ltd

Background imageTool 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 imageTool Collection: Blacksmith, Norfolk a98_13558

Blacksmith, Norfolk a98_13558
Woodbastwick, Norfolk. Interior of blacksmiths shop. A farrier shapes a horseshoe on his anvil. Photographed by Hallam Ashley, February 1949

Background imageTool Collection: Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers
circa 1850: An officer of the Royal Engineers gives orders to two privates. Rischgitz Collection (Photo by Rischgitz/Getty Images)

Background imageTool Collection: Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall

Gold Lunulae and Axehead, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall
Two Early Bronze Age gold lunulae and copper alloy flat axehead found in a barrow at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn in 1864. They were discovered on the west side of the bay, near the cliff edge

Background imageTool Collection: Lenin, (c1930), (1939). Creator: Aleksandr Gerasimov

Lenin, (c1930), (1939). Creator: Aleksandr Gerasimov
Lenin, (c1930), (1939). Portrait of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924). Lenin was the first Soviet head of state, prime minister of the USSR

Background imageTool Collection: Advertisement for Robert Sorby and Sons, edge tool manufacturers, Carver Street, 1889

Advertisement for Robert Sorby and Sons, edge tool manufacturers, Carver Street, 1889
Image from Sheffield and Neighbourhood (page 208) (printed and published by Pawson and Brailsford, Sheffield, 1889 (Sheffield Local Studies Library: 914.274 S)

Background imageTool Collection: The Girl He Left Behind Is Still Behind Him. American World War II recruitment poster for women

The Girl He Left Behind Is Still Behind Him. American World War II recruitment poster for women ordnance workers
WORLD WAR II POSTER. The Girl He Left Behind Is Still Behind Him. American World War II recruitment poster for women ordnance workers

Background imageTool Collection: Welsh women road builders, South Wales

Welsh women road builders, South Wales
A group of twenty Welsh women road builders in Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales, holding their spades. They built the road to Hook in 1903-4 to facilitate transport to the colliery

Background imageTool Collection: Reed cutting, Norfolk a98_07734

Reed cutting, Norfolk a98_07734
Horning Ferry, Norfolk. Cutting reeds with a scythe on Woodbastwick Marshes. Photographed by Hallam Ashley in February 1949

Background imageTool Collection: Prehistoric Acheulian hand axe dating from 600000 BC at St. Germain en Laye

Prehistoric Acheulian hand axe dating from 600000 BC at St. Germain en Laye, Ile de France, France, Europe

Background imageTool Collection: Neanderthal spear point

Neanderthal spear point
A spear point once belonging to that of Neanderthal Man (Homo neanderthalensis). This specimen was discovered in Gorhams Cave, Gibraltar

Background imageTool Collection: Mars Exploration Rover

Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars, artwork. The first of two identical NASA rovers, Spirit, landed on Mars on 4 January 2004

Background imageTool Collection: Apprentice carpenter

Apprentice carpenter
Young carpenters apprentice planing a block of wood, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageTool Collection: Feudal lord instructing peasant workers

Feudal lord instructing peasant workers
Peasants receiving their lords orders before going to work, 1400s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of a manuscript miniature illustration

Background imageTool Collection: Blacksmith at work in his forge

Blacksmith at work in his forge
An elderly blacksmith hammering a horseshoe on his anvil. The owner of the horse awaiting a new set of shoes looks in at the window, while the blacksmiths cat scratches an ear on the work bench

Background imageTool Collection: Sea Otter Eating on back using stone to break abalone

Sea Otter Eating on back using stone to break abalone
FG-2627 SEA OTTER - eating on its back, using stone to break Abalone Enhydra lutris Francois Gohier Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTool Collection: TOOL ADVERTISEMENT, 1895. From the Montgomery Ward & Co. catalogue of 1895

TOOL ADVERTISEMENT, 1895. From the Montgomery Ward & Co. catalogue of 1895

Background imageTool Collection: Rust treatment

Rust treatment. Brush being used to apply a rust removing mix of chemicals to a rusty spanner. Many commercial mixes of chemicals are available to remove rust (iron oxide)

Background imageTool Collection: Homo heidelbergensis

Homo heidelbergensis. Artists impression of two male H. heidelbergensis hominids which lived between 600, 000 and 250, 000 years ago in the Pleistocene era

Background imageTool Collection: N. A. USA, Texas, Llano, Blue Lantern and field of bluebonnets

N. A. USA, Texas, Llano, Blue Lantern and field of bluebonnets
N.A. USA, Texas, Llano, Blue Lantern and field of bluebonnets

Background imageTool Collection: France, Auvergne Region, Haute-Loire Department. Since the 15th Century, Le Puy en

France, Auvergne Region, Haute-Loire Department. Since the 15th Century, Le Puy en Velay has been the historic center of handmade lacemaking in France

Background imageTool Collection: 18th century surgical equipment

18th century surgical equipment
Bone saw 1, pincers 2, 3, scissors 4, lead mallet 5 and hook for childbirth 6. Copperplate engraving by Robert Benard from Denis Diderots Encyclopedia, Pellet, Geneva, 1779

Background imageTool Collection: James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth

James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth
James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. The steam hammer was invented by the Scottish engineer and inventor James Nasmyth (1808-1890)

Background imageTool Collection: Childhood of Christ, c1620. Artist: Gerrit van Honthorst

Childhood of Christ, c1620. Artist: Gerrit van Honthorst
Childhood of Christ, c1620. Detail. Found in the collection of The Hermitage, St Petersburg

Background imageTool Collection: With a felling axe, Harry ( Heathfield ) the Hedger of Charing, Kent, has cut

With a felling axe, Harry ( Heathfield ) the Hedger of Charing, Kent, has cut off the stumps of a hedge he previously trimmed. 6 February 1951 TopFoto

Background imageTool Collection: Garden tools used by the Royal children

Garden tools used by the Royal children. 3 Swiss Cottage, Osborne

Background imageTool Collection: Antler tool J010076

Antler tool J010076
SILBURY HILL, Avebury, Wiltshire. Antler tine tool from May 2001 excavations

Background imageTool Collection: Portrait of Billie Holiday and Mister, Downbeat, New York, N.Y. ca. Feb. 1947

Portrait of Billie Holiday and Mister, Downbeat, New York, N.Y. ca. Feb. 1947. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Billie Holiday and Mister, Downbeat, New York, N.Y. ca. Feb. 1947

Background imageTool Collection: Forging the Anchor, 20th century. Artist: Stanhope A Forbes

Forging the Anchor, 20th century. Artist: Stanhope A Forbes
Forging the Anchor, 20th century. From the Art Journal (London)

Background imageTool Collection: The Engineer, 1867

The Engineer, 1867. The workman is using a file on an engine part held in a vice. Engineers made and maintained the steam engines and machinery used in manufacturing and transport

Background imageTool Collection: Bone objects. Maglemosian Culture, 9500-6500 BC

Bone objects. Maglemosian Culture, 9500-6500 BC
Bone objects. C. 8700 BC. Skottemarke, Lolland. Maglemosian Culture, 9500-6500 BC. Mesolithic. National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageTool Collection: Advertisement for Marsden Brothers and Co. Tool Manufacturers, Bridge Street Works, 1868

Advertisement for Marsden Brothers and Co. Tool Manufacturers, Bridge Street Works, 1868
Image from Directory of the Borough of Sheffield by William White 1868. See also y03066 for a slightly different advert.Original at Sheffield Local Studies Library: 914.274 S

Background imageTool Collection: William Marples and Sons Ltd. Tool Makers, Hibernia Works, Westfield Terrace

William Marples and Sons Ltd. Tool Makers, Hibernia Works, Westfield Terrace
Original at Sheffield Archives ref. SY122/2

Background imageTool Collection: HIPPARCHUS (146-127 BC). Greek astronomer. Hipparchus observing the stars

HIPPARCHUS (146-127 BC). Greek astronomer. Hipparchus observing the stars. 19th century line engraving

Background imageTool Collection: PREHISTORIC MAN: TOOLS. Prehistoric men making tools and weapons from flint

PREHISTORIC MAN: TOOLS. Prehistoric men making tools and weapons from flint. Wood engraving, 19th century, after a drawing by Emile Bayard

Background imageTool Collection: Garden roller

Garden roller

Background imageTool Collection: PALEOLITHIC TOOLS. Paleolithic scraper (left) and arrow heads, c40, 000 B. C

PALEOLITHIC TOOLS. Paleolithic scraper (left) and arrow heads, c40, 000 B. C
PALEOLITHIC TOOLS. Paleolithic scraper (left) and arrow heads, c40, 000 B.C

Background imageTool Collection: Colonial sawmill, Virginia, 1600s

Colonial sawmill, Virginia, 1600s
Water-powered sawmill used in Jamestown Colony before 1650. Hand-colored woodcut from " Virginia Truly Valued" by Edward Williams, 1650

Background imageTool Collection: Sea Otter - Using tool cracking clam on rock. California, USA Mo82

Sea Otter - Using tool cracking clam on rock. California, USA Mo82
TOM-788 Sea Otter - Using tool to crack clam on rock California, USA Enhydra lutris Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageTool Collection: The Flowering Orchard, 1888. Creator: Vincent van Gogh

The Flowering Orchard, 1888. Creator: Vincent van Gogh
The Flowering Orchard, 1888

Background imageTool Collection: Fevrier, 1896. Creator: Eugene Samuel Grasset

Fevrier, 1896. Creator: Eugene Samuel Grasset
Fevrier, 1896. From " Calendrier la Belle Jardiniere", by Eugene Grasset. [Paris, 1896]



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"Tools: Unveiling the Artistry of Craftsmanship Through Time" From shoeing horses in 1844 to coopers meticulously crafting wooden barrels, tools have played an integral role in shaping our world. In Edwin Henry Landseer's masterpiece from 1938, we witness the dedication and skill of these craftsmen. Blacksmiths, with their trusty tools from 1875, forge iron into magnificent creations that withstand the test of time. Meanwhile, miners toil away at the coalface in South Wales, relying on their specialized tools for a hard day's work. In Norfolk a98_13558, we catch a glimpse of a blacksmith expertly wielding his hammer outside his fiery forge. The Welsh women road builders demonstrate their strength and determination as they construct pathways through South Wales using simple yet effective tools. But it is not just practicality that defines these tools; artistry can be found even in unexpected places. A set of glass eyeballs reminds us of the intricate craftsmanship required to create prosthetics that restore sight and confidence. Leon-Maxime Faivre's "Deux meres (Two Mothers)" transports us to 1888 when mothers relied on various tools to care for their children - nurturing love being one such tool essential for raising future generations. Traveling back further in time, we encounter medieval goldsmiths diligently working on exquisite pieces that adorn royalty and nobility alike. Gold Lunulae and Axehead discovered in St Merryn, Cornwall provide evidence of early Bronze Age craftsmanship at its finest. Lastly, Aleksandr Gerasimov's portrayal captures Lenin during the tumultuous period around 1930-1939 when political ideologies were reshaping nations. Here too lies another kind - ideas wielded by influential figures who shape history itself. Through these glimpses into different eras and tradesmen at work with their respective tools, we come to appreciate how these humble objects have shaped our past and continue to shape our present.