Nasmyth's Steam Hammer

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Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
published on 10 February 2023
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An 1871 oil painting of a steam hammer invented by the Scotsman James Nasmyth (1808-1890) in 1839 during the Industrial Revolution. The steam-powered machine lowered a weight onto an anvil using gears which allowed for both precision and speed. The steam hammer allowed very large metal pieces to be forged and uniformly shaped, essential for large engineering projects like the construction of weapons, bridges, trains, and ships. Painted by the inventor himself.

Science Museum, London.

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Museum, T. B. o. T. o. t. S. (2023, February 10). Nasmyth's Steam Hammer. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/17048/nasmyths-steam-hammer/

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Museum, The Board of Trustees of the Science. "Nasmyth's Steam Hammer." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 10, 2023. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/17048/nasmyths-steam-hammer/.

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Museum, The Board of Trustees of the Science. "Nasmyth's Steam Hammer." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 10 Feb 2023. Web. 12 Jul 2024.

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