Bellows - (House Wares) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Bellows - (House Wares) Engines 'to make wind' have been used since man has roamed the earth. The form has changed very little over the centuries matching shaped boards, a metal nozzle, extending leather sides this was the basic form in the early seventeenth century. Carved, inlaid, japanned, embroidered, much skill was spent on the decoration of hand bellows in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Standing bellows were more businesslike machines enclosed in a frame and worked by means of a lever or a wheel.


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