Electro and Silver Plating: Steam Stamping

Electro and Silver Plating: Steam Stamping. Source: The Graphic 10 (7 November 1874): 449. Click on image to enlarge it.

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Commentary from The Graphic

“We at length reach the extensive and well-adapted workshops, which, being furnished with most approved and unique machinery, are extremely interesting. The Big Stamp—worked by steam, and an adaptation of the Nasmyth steam-hammer—in three blows executes as much work as it formerly took a workman a whole day to do; yet, although it can strike a blow equal to twenty tons, the force can be so regulated that the shell of a nut can be cracked with it without injuring the kernel within” (442).

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“Buildings and Industries of Birmingham. Electro and Silver Plating Sketched at the Works of Messrs. Elkington and Co., Visited by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. The Graphic 10 (28 November 1874): 448. Hathi Trust online version of a copy in the New York Public Library. Web. 4 July 2021

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