Do you want any spoons, any hard-mettle spoons: 1760

Paul Sandby

 
Do you want any spoons, any hard-mettle spoons: 1760
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

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The verse below this image reads: 'Do you want any spoons, any hard-mettle spoons. Have you any old brass or pewter to sell or change?'.

This couple recycled scrap metal. The woman, who is relatively well-dressed, sells new spoons from a large basket. Her partner is a metalworker. He carries a pair of bellows on his back, wears a leather apron and literally drums-up business by banging on an old pan with his hammer.
Plate 11 from the Twelve Cries of London.

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