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Photo Gallery - Restoration by Howard Iron Works Restoration Team

At any given time, our Restoration Team works on several projects simultaneously.  For historical and archival purposes, our HIW photographer diligently takes pictures during the restoration and documents the various processes each machine is being put through.  We have compiled the photos in a photo gallery for each machine.  We hope you enjoy them.

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We offer our restoration services to others, and will also complete machines that can be either purchased or leased for use or as beautiful displays

For inquiries about our restoration services, please contact: info@howardironworks.org

Andreas Hamm was a bell maker who in 1850 founded a foundry in Frankenthal, which would become Heidelberg. In addition to bells, the foundry also produced castings for various machines, and with his partner, Andreas Albert, it began to cast and built cylinder presses. Hamm and Albert parted company in 1873. Hamm continued with the production of bells and machinery until his death in 1894. In 1895, Hamm's son, who succeeded his father, relocated the foundry to the town of Heidelberg.

After the separation from his partner in 1873, Hamm continued to produce bells and various machines, including guillotines represented at the Howard Iron Works Museum by our 1877 Hamm guillotine. This guillotine is a hand-lever type, and carry the design that was very common in Germany at the time. It bears a very close resemblance to other German machine such as Krause. One surmises this two-lever acorn shaped guillotine was state-of-the-art back then.

The Hamm Guillotine holds a rich and interesting history and significance as being possibly the oldset Heidelberg in North America, and possibly the world.

Featured here is the restoration of the 1877 Andreas Hamm Guillotine.


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