Steel pen making: slitting the pen nib

#Picture Number ST219

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Victorian illustration to download showing the slitting room in a steel pen factory. Women sit at long benches, each slitting the nibs with a machine. Their bonnets and shawls hang on hooks along the walls. The nib was placed on a press, the handle was pulled, and a sharp steel tool descended to make the slit. This scene was sketched at Hinks, Wells & Co’s factory in Birmingham, 1851.