Multi tool, c1580. Iron with etched decorations. Nuremberg, Germany.
Can be used as pliers, hammer, nail-puller or mini anvil.
Before industrialization the tool was of key importance to the
craftsman. Beauty was partly due to its function and partly to the
quality of its design. It also reflected a professional pride, the
tool as a status symbol and sign of belonging. For this reason tools
were often masterfully decorated.
on auction at kollerauktionen.ch
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