Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Machining and Machinists

Forging Iron

Drawing of the interior of an iron forge

The labor of a charcoal iron forge from the period 1716-1828 is depicted in this 1928 drawing by George W. Schultz of Bowers, Pennsylvania. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The labor of a charcoal iron forge from the period 1716-1828 is depicted in this 1928 drawing by George W. Schultz of Bowers, Pennsylvania. During the American Revolution a Continental Arsenal employing over one hundred men and women initiated large-scale forging and finishing in the city. Numerous regional forges and furnaces produced metal products for Colonial and Revolutionary Philadelphia. Private craftsmen and forges also supplied finished metal products to the Continental Army.

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