The Museum has a collection of whitesmith’s tools, used for forging objects out of tin, pewter and other light metals. Tin ware was being produced from early in the seventeenth century and in Cheshire there were whitesmiths/tinsmiths in Crewe, Weaverham and doubtless elsewhere. Between 1835 and 1883 there were up to six braziers, tinplate workers and whitesmiths working in Nantwich. They would have made a variety of everyday objects including cutlery, candle holders and water pitchers.
Unfortunately, the Museum has no record of who donated the tools or where they were used and is seeking any information about them, local families or businesses who were involved in the trade.
Anyone with information is requested to contact: Nantwich Museum on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01270 627104