A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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ORDER VII.—METAL WORKERS (NOT ELECTRO PLATE OR PRECIOUS METALS)

Sub-order 8.—Other Workers

227.—Coppersmiths



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cone maker (felt hat manufacture)
a coppersmith q.v. making copper cages on which fur and felt hats are formed.
copper pan smith
a coppersmith q.v. specialising in making copper pans.
copper pipe worker
cuts copper sheet, with hand or machine shears; forms over a mandrel to shape of pipe with hammer or mallet, or hammers to shape on a hollow block; brazes joint; obsolescent term as copper pipes are, in modern practice, drawn by copper tube drawer (266) q.v.; pipes of peculiar shapes or unusual measurements usually made by coppersmith q.v.
copper sheet worker
a coppersmith q.v. who specialises in making copper sheet goods.
coppersmith
makes copper vessels, pipes and fittings for ships, distilleries, railway shops or general engineering firms; cuts copper sheet to shape with hand shears, snips or guillotine, and copper plate with shearing or circular cutting machines; bends light pipe or sheet by hand, and heavy pipes or plate in bending machine or hydraulic press; fills pipes with resin or lead before bending; when bending sheet for cylinders, uses rolling machine; shapes metal by beating with hammer on anvil or bolster, or hollow block, usually working from blue print but occasionally using wooden pattern; seams sheet for certain goods, in seaming machine; brazes or solders jointŪ or attaches cast copper flanges and fittings by heating with gas blow-pipe or on open hearth or forge, see brazer (262); planishes, i.e., smoothes and polishes, sheet goods by hand, hammering with smooth-faced hammer on anvil, or by Holding on steel heads of special shape under power hammer; drills and punches holes as required with hand drill or with drilling and punching machines; rivets joints or attaches fittings by use of riveting tool on anvil head; may also attach fittings with holts, sometimes done by fitter (210) q.v.; also tins inside and outside of copper vessels at tinning pits, see copper tinner (263); sometimes specifically designated, e.g. brewers' coppersmith, marine coppersmith.
tube smith
usually a coppersmith q.v. making and fitting copper tubes in steam locomotives.

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From: A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921,
Ministry of Labour, 1927. Digitised by Peter Christian, August, 2016.   This text is in the Public Domain.