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"Crafting the Past: Unveiling the Timeless Tools of Trades" Tools used in carpentry and joinery

Background imageTools Collection: Tools used in carpentry and joinery

Tools used in carpentry and joinery
Various tools used in carpentry and joinery, including a vice, saws, chisels, a plane, pliers, a compass and a hammer

Background imageTools Collection: Bookbinding Tools 1875

Bookbinding Tools 1875
Various tools used in bookbinding, including a pair of compasses, a mallet, presses, a knife, a set square, needle and thread, and a gouge

Background imageTools 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 imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Various shoemaking tools

Various shoemaking tools
Various tools used by a shoemaker or cobbler, including scissors, pliers, hammers, a skewer, a ruler and strong thread

Background imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Knapped Flint Tools

Knapped Flint Tools
A selection of flint and bones tools from a range of prehistoric eras incl. microliths used in compound tools of the mesolithic to earlier scrapers and choppers

Background imageTools Collection: Leather making and tannery tools

Leather making and tannery tools
Various tools used in tannery and leather making, including a knife, pincers and a hook

Background imageTools Collection: Building and masonry tools

Building and masonry tools
Various building and masonry tools, including a saw, a mallet, chisels, hatchets, a trowel and a hammer

Background imageTools Collection: Grinling Gibbons / Evelyn

Grinling Gibbons / Evelyn
GRINLING GIBBONS English woodcarver and sculptor, with John Evelyn at the door, about to discover him

Background imageTools Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of Polkanuggo Quarry with steam traction engine BETA No 483 and workers posing for the camera. The traction engine was made around June 1885 by John Fowler of Leeds

Background imageTools Collection: Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A view of the quarry face showing two workers with sledge hammers standing by a granite block that is being dressed. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Tailoring tools

Tailoring tools
Tools used in tailoring, including scissors, needle and thread, chalk, measuring tape, a ruler and a smoothing iron

Background imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Fittleworth Smithy interior with two blacksmiths

Fittleworth Smithy interior with two blacksmiths
Fittleworth Smithy interior. Two blacksmiths, one working at the forge and one at the anvil. Many tools and horseshoes shown

Background imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Various coopers tools

Various coopers tools
Various tools used by a cooper or barrel maker, including mallets, a hammer, a hatchet and a knife

Background imageTools Collection: Blacksmith & Horse 19C

Blacksmith & Horse 19C
A blacksmith puts a new shoe on a bay mare

Background imageTools Collection: Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Manufacture of cork balls at Chingford General view of the house 28 November 1922

Background imageTools Collection: The Plumber

The Plumber

Background imageTools Collection: Young Lady doing a pedicure on herself

Young Lady doing a pedicure on herself (before getting dressed!). Date: circa 1920s

Background imageTools Collection: GWR navvies, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

GWR navvies, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
A group of ten Great Western Railway navvies working on the Treffgarne railway at Nant Y Coy, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales

Background imageTools Collection: House carpenter planing a board on a bench

House carpenter planing a board on a bench. His workshop contains carpentry tools such as saws, hammer, chisel, as well as finished products such as a door, rafters, ladder, etc

Background imageTools Collection: Illustration, axe with wooden handle

Illustration, axe with wooden handle

Background imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Victorian Shoemaker

Victorian Shoemaker
A Victorian shoemaker in his workshop

Background imageTools Collection: Tools used by a saddler and upholsterer

Tools used by a saddler and upholsterer
Various tools used by a saddler and upholsterer, including pliers, pincers, skewers, needles and a knife

Background imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Nativity / With Lamb

Nativity / With Lamb
Classical Nativity compostion; Joseph carries his carpenters tools

Background imageTools Collection: The Forge, 1859 (engraving)

The Forge, 1859 (engraving)
XJF425395 The Forge, 1859 (engraving) by Sharples, James (1825-93); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageTools Collection: Interior of the Forge, 1837 (oil on canvas)

Interior of the Forge, 1837 (oil on canvas)
XIR154717 Interior of the Forge, 1837 (oil on canvas) by Parran, Rosine (fl.1831-39); 65x53 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Angers, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageTools Collection: Space walk

Space walk. Composite computer artwork of an astronaut working on the outside of a spacecraft. He is performing a space walk or EVA (extravehicular activity). Part of the Earth can be seen behind him

Background imageTools Collection: Steam hammer, details of piston and cylinder

Steam hammer, details of piston and cylinder
Steam hammer, front elevation and details of piston and cylinder

Background imageTools Collection: Range of bakery tools and ingredients

Range of bakery tools and ingredients
A range of bakery tools and ingredients, including a pair of scales, a bucket, a sieve, mixing paddles and a sack of flour

Background imageTools Collection: Various butchery tools

Various butchery tools
Tools used in butchery, including a mallet, a chopper, an axe, and various knives and cleavers

Background imageTools Collection: Boy Repairs Boots / 1930

Boy Repairs Boots / 1930
A boy is taught to mend his own boots in classes at a London School

Background imageTools Collection: Hatter Circa 1850

Hatter Circa 1850
A London hatmaker blocks a gentlemans top hat : the body of the hat is made from rabbit fur, covered with beaver fur, and shaped according to the fashion of the day

Background imageTools Collection: Richard Belt, Sculptor

Richard Belt, Sculptor
RICHARD BELT Sculptor

Background imageTools Collection: German poster campaign for injured soldiers

German poster campaign for injured soldiers
German poster to raise funds for war wounded soldiers, showing a soldier with a crutch in his left hand and tools in his right

Background imageTools Collection: Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904
Classical granite columns on the dressing floor of Freeman & Sons works. The man pictured is either Bernard Freeman or his brother. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageTools Collection: Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of the quarry with the crane used for moving the granite blocks. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageTools Collection: Garden tools used by the Royal children

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

Background imageTools 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 imageTools Collection: Cunnacks Tannery, Helston, Cornwall. October 1883

Cunnacks Tannery, Helston, Cornwall. October 1883
In the top hat is George James Cunnack (1823-1911), senior partner in this firm of tanners and curriers trading as G.J. Cunnack & Sons. Far left of the picture is Francis Henry Cunnack (1861-1936)

Background imageTools Collection: A Fountain Pen Repair Shop - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

A Fountain Pen Repair Shop - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
A Fountain Pen Repair Shop - The Pen Shop - at 112 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Date: 1940

Background imageTools Collection: ASTROLABE, 15TH CENTURY. German mathematician and astronomer, Johann M├╝ller

ASTROLABE, 15TH CENTURY. German mathematician and astronomer, Johann M├╝ller, known as Regiomontanus. Line engraving

Background imageTools Collection: ALCHEMIST. Colored engraving after the painting by David Teniers the younger

ALCHEMIST. Colored engraving after the painting by David Teniers the younger



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"Crafting the Past: Unveiling the Timeless Tools of Trades" Tools used in carpentry and joinery: Witness the precision and skill as these tools shape wood into magnificent creations. Coopers at work making wooden barrels: Step into a world where craftsmanship meets tradition, as coopers meticulously craft barrels using their specialized tools. Blacksmith Tools 1875: Discover the essence of an era when sparks flew and iron was forged with sheer strength and dexterity. Bookbinding Tools 1875: Journey into the realm of literary artistry, where delicate bookbinding tools transform blank pages into bound treasures. Miners working at the coalface, South Wales: Descend deep underground to witness miners wielding their indispensable tools amidst darkness, extracting black gold from nature's depths. Various shoemaking tools: Explore a cobblers' workshop filled with an array of intriguing instruments that bring comfort and style to our feet. Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904: Immerse yourself in history as quarry workers employ rugged stone-cutting implements to extract raw materials from Mother Earth's embrace. Knapped Flint Tools: Marvel at ancient ingenuity as flint-knappers fashion sharp-edged artifacts that once shaped civilizations long forgotten by time. Welsh women road builders, South Wales: Celebrate resilience and determination as Welsh women wielded shovels and picks to construct pathways for future generations using simple yet powerful hand-tools. Blacksmiths outside their forge - A glimpse into a bygone era where skilled blacksmiths harnessed fire's fury alongside mighty anvils while shaping metal with unwavering expertise. Blacksmith & Horse 19C - Witness harmony between man and beast as blacksmiths collaborate with majestic horses while creating essential equipment for transportation during the nineteenth century.