Steel pen making: rolling the steel

Victorian illustration to download showing a man and a boy in a steel pen factory rolling sheets of steel. They stand at a large machine; the man passes the sheets between two metal rollers, and the boy receives them as they come out. The steel was passed through a series of rollers until it was thin enough; from these sheets the nibs were cut. This scene was sketched in Hinks, Wells & Co’s factory in Birmingham, 1851.