The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The tinman., pp. 84 ff.
84 THE TINMAN. TIN-PLATES appear to have been first made in Bohemia, from whence the art was brought into England in the year 1681, by ANDREW YARRONTON. They were, however, not brought to perfection for about fifty years after that period. The principal tin mines in the world are those of our own country; and it is well known that the Phaenicians visited these islands for the purpose of ob- taining tin many years before the Christian sera. The mines in Cornwall produced but little in the time of King JOHN, who, as Earl of Cornwall, had the sole right of working them at that period. About a century ago they were estimated to produce about thirty-five thousand pounds per annum, but at the present time they produce five or six times that amount. The King's eldest son, as Duke of Cornwall, receives about ten thousand pounds per annum from these mines. It is the business of a Tinman to form the sheets of tin into various articles, such as saucepans, kettles, canisters, milk pails, &c. It is a profitable business for the master; and a journeyman may, with care, earn about thirty shillings per week. It is a very unwholesome business, the journey- man being generally near a charcoal fire.
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