Trades, Industries & Manufacturing

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Chance Brothers & Co Glass Works, Smethwick, Registered Designs for Ornamental Modern Window Glass, 1867

Chance Brothers of Smethwick reassessed their manufacture of coloured and decorative window glass in the 1860s. In… read more »

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Chance Brothers and Company

Image: View of a Crown Glass House. Title page of William Cooper, Crown Glass Cutter & Glazier’s Manual (1835). The… read more »

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Chance Brothers Glass Works, Smethwick, near Birmingham, Designs for Coloured Ornamental Windows, 1853

Text: Malcolm Dick Robert Lucas Chance purchased the British Crown-Glass Company in Smethwick, near Birmingham in 1824.… read more »

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Charcoal and its Uses

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. The photograph shows a completed clamp ready for firing in the… read more »

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Charcoal Burning

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. The charcoal burner is building a clamp during the early stages… read more »

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Charcoal Burning

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. A man is raking out a clamp with a “rauble” or… read more »

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Charcoal Burning

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. Two men are filing sacks with charcoal from an oak spade… read more »

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Charcoal Burning Tools

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 7. Charcoal Burning Tools (1)  A man… read more »

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Charcoal Burning Tools

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 8. Charcoal Burning Tools (2) Item located… read more »

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Charcoal Burning Tools

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 9. Charcoal Burning Tools (3) Items located… read more »

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Charcoal Burning Tools

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. [Image from: Bewdley Museum] 10. Charcoal Burning Tools (4) Item located… read more »

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Charcoal burning: Retorts

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. Three men are cutting up timber to fill retorts. A horse… read more »

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Charcoal Burning: Retorts

Image: Charcoal burning in the Wyre Forest. One man is filling a retort and taking wood from two… read more »

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Charles Bage, the Flax Industry and Shrewsbury’s Iron-Framed Mills

Image: View of Ditherington Mill in April 2003, the world’s first completely iron-framed building. The factory was built… read more »

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Copper gilt button

Image from: Luckock Collection, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery A copper gilt button, set with an opaque… read more »

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Davy Brothers, Engineers and Millwrights, Park Iron Works, Sheffield

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Derby Porcelain: William Duesbury II and Robert Bloor

Image: Old China Works, Derby, showing kilns for firing the porcelain. John Keys, Sketches of Old Derby… 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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Enamel Box

Les Amusements Champetres engraved by B.Audran (1678-1772) after Jean Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). Lid of oblong box, transfer printed… read more »

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Enamel Box – Side

Children as Arts. Side of oblong box, transfer printed in grey on white enamel. Birmingham, 1765-1770.

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Enamel Box – Side

Children as Arts. Side of oblong box, transfer printed in grey on white enamel. Birmingham, 1765-1770.

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F & C Osler, Glass Chandlier & Table Glass Manufacturers, Birmingham

The New Illustrated Directory Entitled Men and Things of Modern England, 1858 Plate Glass is made in… read more »

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Farrier

Source: The Complete Book of Trades, or the Parents Guide and Youth’s Instructor in the Choice of a… 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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Globe Department: the Glass Blower

Image: Photo taken about 1940. It shows the right foot of the glass blower ready to press the… read more »

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Globe Department: Welding a Cathode Ray Tube

Image: Photo taken about 1940. It shows the welding of a special metal button into a Cathode… read more »

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Glory Hole (1852-54) for Crown Window Glass Production

Image from: Photo taken during 1945-1946 demolition. It depicts the glory hole which is integral to the rectangular… read more »

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Half penny with portrait of John Wilkinson, Shropshire Iron Master

John Wilkinson Iron Master”, British tokens, copper, Birmingham, 1792 Wolverhampton Art Gallery. M160/107/108/109.

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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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Handloom Weaving

Image: Carpet Weaver. N Whittock et al, The Complete Book of Trades (London, Marshall and Co., 1837). The image shows… 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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Hollis and Sheath, Gun-Makers, Birmingham

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Innovation in the Midlands Brass Industry

Caption: An original Boulton and Watt Engine from The Useful Arts and Manufactures of Great Britain, second part (London,… read more »

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Interior of Britannia Railway Carriage and Wagon Works

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James Brindley, Canal Engineer

Portrait of James Brindley from Samuel Smiles, Lives of the Engineers, vol. I (London, 1904). Brindley is… read more »

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James Dixon and Sons, Sheffield Plated Wares

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

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James Timmins Chance

Image: James Timmins Chance at the age of 40, from a painting by J.C. Horsley, R A. John… read more »

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

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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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