Village Blacksmith https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/ Village Blacksmith Cast iron kettle made in a Schenectady Iron factory. The "swivel" lid kept the top from falling off and received a patent for its' unique design. https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=152041427 152041427 Cooking chain In the center of the table is a long cooking chain made from cast and wrought iron links. It was used to hang a cooking pot over a fire and could be raised or lowered by adjusting the chain. The practical Dutch only made the lower links in a decorative, twisted wrought iron. The links that hung up in the chimney that were not visible were plain iron with no design. https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=152041428 152041428 John Ackner shows Alice Begley a sword. The sword in this photo had a German or English steel blade. They were known for the quality of their steel making, which was flexible and highly engraved. The handle was made from wrought iron and was called a "basket cage" handle because it protected the user's hand. The basket cage attached to this sword is probably from a 17th century Scottish iron worker/blacksmith. https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=152041430 152041430 John Ackner demonstrated the sword. https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=152041431 152041431 Iron kitchen utensils made by early blacksmiths. L to R: Tongs for removing a pot from the fire, a ladle, cooking chain, kettle. https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=152041432 152041432 Basket Cage for sword and very early knife found underwater The "stones" are actually iron slag, a by-product of iron production. The wheel mounted to the wooden handle was used by wheelmakers to calculate the correct diameter for making a replacement wheel. https://www.guilderlandhistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/photo?photoID=152041433 152041433