Stirring molten iron
Les cinq cents millions de la Begum. 'Le puddleur, du bout de son crochet'. Illustration de Leon BENETT (1838-1917) pour le roman de Jules VERNE (1828-1905).
The early production of steel was not fully mechanized. Well-trained and experienced puddlers had to stir the molten iron continuously with a paddle to achieve optimal results. Leon Benett produced this sketch of a puddler for Jules Verne’s novel Les cinq cents millions de la Bégum (1879).
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