The Tools of Arts and Industry

The Austrian tool manufacturer Franz Freiherr von Wertheim (1814-1883) was born in Krems and received international recognition for his knives and axes made from Styrian steel. He first exhibited his tools at the 1845 World’s Fair and continued to present bigger and better displays every few years. This cabinet of his firm’s hand tools was at the Paris Exposition of 1867. The following year, Wertheim published a sumptuous trade catalogue with forty-five lithographed plates of tools. According to OCLC, Princeton University holds the only copy in North America.

Franz Freiherr von Wertheim (1814-1883), Manuel de l’outillage des arts et métiers: à l’usage des écoles techniques, compagnies de chemins de fer et de navigation[Handbook of the Tools of Arts and Industry: For the Use of Technical Schools, Railroad Companies, and Navigation]. Portfolio has title proper: Recueil des outils et machines. (Vienne [Vienna]: Charles Gerold fils, Libraire-Éditeur, 1869). Graphic Arts Collection (GAX) Oversize 2005-0002E

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