Iron and Metal Trades

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A Pin Maker

Image from: The Book of Trades or Library of the Useful Arts, 1806 [Image donated by: Birmingham Central… read more »

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A Tin Plate Worker

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A Wire Drawer

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Advertisement: J. Darwen and Son, Saddlers, Harness Makers, Bridle Cutters, etc, Birmingham

Image from: William Hawkes Smith, Birmingham and its Vicinity as a Manufacturing and Commercial District (London and Birmingham, 1836), Local… read more »

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Adverts for John Yates & Sons, Birmingham

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Alfred Harrop and Co, Orange Street Works, Sheffield

The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858

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Biography of Dud Dudley

Image: Front page of Dud Dudley’s Metallum Martis (Reprint of 1665 edition) Text: Malcolm Dick Image from: Local Studies and History, Birmingham… read more »

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Birmingham

Image: Hinks, Wells & Co, Steel Pen Manufacturers, Buckingham Street Pen Works, Birmingham Image from: The New Illustrated Directory… read more »

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Birmingham

Image: William Spurrier, Electro Silver Plate Manufacturer, Birmingham Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of… read more »

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Birmingham

Image: John Rubery, Umbrella, Parasol, Furniture and Steel Frame Manufacturer, Birmingham Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men… read more »

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Birmingham: “The Toyshop of Europe”

Image: Matthew Boulton by C F Von Breda, 1792. Oil on Canvas. Boulton was the most famous of Birmingham’s… read more »

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Box

This snuff box is made from marble with a silver gilt lining

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Box

This snuff box is made from marble with a silver gilt lining.

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Britannia Railway Carriage Works, Birmingham

Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858

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Caddy Spoon

Silver caddy spoon, probably by Samuel Pemberton, c.1800.

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Carpenter and Tildesley, Patent Lock and Curry Comb Manufacturers, Willenhall

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Catherine the Great and her non-visit to Soho House

Image: Death of Catherine the Great. Double-headed eagle and bust of the monarch. 1796. Designed by Conrad Heinrich… read more »

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Catherine the Great’s Medals

Image: Death of Catherine the Great. Double-headed eagle and bust of the monarch. 1796. Designed by Conrad Heinrich… read more »

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Droz Segmental Collar

At his Soho Mint, Matthew Boulton pioneered the striking of coins within collars, thus ensuring a uniformity… read more »

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Edge-Hill: a Poem, in four Books

Image: Coal and Iron Pit. The Useful Arts and Manufacturers of Great Britain of Great Britain Vol. 2 (London, SPCK,… read more »

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Francis B. Oberton, Coach and Saddler’s Ironmonger, Walsall

Advertisement, Men and Things of Modern England… The New Illustrated Directory… (Birmingham, M Billing, 1856)

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George Dowler, Medallist and Die Sinker, Birmingham

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Hallmarking and the Work of Birmingham Assay Office

Image: Boulton and Fothergill Forks and Spoons showing Hallmarks for 1774 Image from: Birmingham Assay Office On 31 August… read more »

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Harrop and Hague, Norfolk Street, Sheffield

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Hart’s Patent Economizing Gas Burner, London

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Interior of Britannia Railway Carriage and Wagon Works

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James Dixon and Sons, Sheffield Plated Wares

The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858

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James Haywood, Jun, Phoenix Foundry and Engineering Works, Derby

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John & Samuel Roberts, Swan and Small Heath Foundries, West Bromwich

The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858

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John Dawes & Sons, Bromford Iron Works, West Bromwich

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John Mitchell, Metallic Pens and Pen Holders, Birmingham

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John Yates & Sons, Patent Electro Plate Works, Birmingham

Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858 ELECTRO-PLATING The art of… read more »

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Joseph Gillott, Metallic Pen Maker, Birmingham

Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858 STEEL PENS The Steel… read more »

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Joseph Priestley and his Influence on Education in Birmingham

Image: Penny featuring a bust of Joseph Priestley on one side, and on the other side an apparatus… read more »

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Matthew Boulton and Silver Making

Image: Sweetmeat Basket, Boulton & Fothergill, 1774 This basket was possibly designed by Robert Adam. The body is… read more »

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Matthew Boulton’s Medals and Coins on Russian Subjects

Image: Medallion of the Hudson’s Bay Company. 1820. Designed by Conrad Heinrich Kuchler. An example of the high… read more »

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Matthew Boulton’s Soho Works, Iron Foundry and House at Soho near Birmingham, 1801

Stebbing Shaw’s The History and Antiquities of Staffordshire (1798 and 1801) is a major source not only for the… read more »

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Matthew Harvey, Malleable Iron Founder, Walsall

The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858

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Medals and Coins of Alexander I

Image: Medallion of Alexander I, Emperor of all the Russias. 1812. Image from: Birmingham Assay Office (256) The coronation… read more »

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Metal Rolling

Image: Charles Clifford, Rolling Mills, Birmingham Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England,… read more »

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Metallic Bedsteads

Image: Richard and Edward Peyton, Brass and Iron Bedsteads, Birmingham Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and… read more »

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Nutmeg Grater

This design is made using a filigree technique.

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P. Aitchison and Co, Brass Founders, Sheffield

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Pair of Shoe Buckles

These silver buckles are fitted with steel latchets or fasteners.

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Pair of shoe buckles

These silver buckles have an embossed design and are fitted with steel latchets or fasteners.

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R. F. Sturges, Manufacturer of Electro Silver Plated Wares, Birmingham

Image from: The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858 Electro-Plating The origin of… read more »

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Silversmiths and Silverware in late 18th and early 19th century Birmingham

Image: Silver caddy spoon, probably by Samuel Pemberton, c.1800. The delicate design is created by a filigree technique… read more »

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Snuff Box

This silver item has a restrained floral design around the edges of the box.

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