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This is the most beautiful and graceful hammer I have ever seen. From a Williams & Powell of Liverpool about 1872. Try to imagine these identical twins were carved out of a block of steel or a rough forging by a craftsman without blueprints, only his lifetime skills, saws, files, and chisels. And an incredible knowledge of the Golden Mean and Rococo scroll.

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Beautiful workmanship, Joe.

I wonder how many gunmakers apprentices are taught the Golden Mean ratio nowadays. I learned about it many years ago when beginning to build longrifles.

Thanks for posting.


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Superb.

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I don't have anything that approaches that hammer. This might be a short thread Joe. There can't be many that can top or even approach that one.


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Oh, I love seeing hammers—from the simplest to the most elaborate. They all have character of their own and deserve respect. Even the plainest is beyond the ability of most of us to produce.


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I have some nice hammerguns, but nothing approaches that pair of hammers. Works of art and functional as well.

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Well, I'll try to bring the bar down a good long ways.

Here is a hammer from a Cashmore that I am very fond of.

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And here is a hammer from a recently made rifle - included only because it is the best I have at the moment.

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Absolutely gorgeous hammers on the Williams & Powell.
The finish and engraving is stunning.
I would guess that there would have been sample patterns and snap gauges to keep parts identical.

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I am under the impression that the Birmingham gun trade began to use steam powered
forging machines NLT the 1860s to produce parts such as hammers.

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Beautifully done, Brent. Nice design and engraving is great. Tell us about the rifle.


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