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Department Photo
Accession No P00171
Caption Pattern-making shop, Bonnybridge Foundry
Date photo taken Post 1900
Brief Description Workers stand by benches which are covered in tools and work pieces. Benches are ranged along a wall giving good natural light. The men are wearing aprons and bunnets and have their sleeves rolled up. Patterns for perhaps a grill and fireplaces can be seen in the foreground.
Photographer or Artist Unknown
Bonnybridge Photographic Society
Subject Notes The Foundry was erected to supply the Singer Sewing Machine Company. In 1890 Singers opened their own foundry and Bonnybridge was bought over subsequently by Smith and Wellstood who also owned the Columbian Stove Works.
Subject Category Workers, Group Of/patternmaking/Ironfounding Industry
Subject Person Smith & Wellstood Ltd
Subject Place Bonnybridge Foundry/Seabegs Rd/Bonnybridge/Denny area
Associated Notes Before an object could be cast, it had to be modelled in wood or plaster by a pattern-maker. Their skills in making good quality patterns were essential to creating high quality end products. Pattern-designers and makers were amongst the highest paid workers in a foundry.
Grid Ref NS 825 799
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