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Helweg & Zoon Workshops--1965
Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:27 pm
This is a link to an old British Pathe short film of the workshops of the Amsterdam silversmiths 'Helweg & Zoon' that was made in 1965.
You will need 'Adobe Flash 10' to view this short film, no sound I'm afraid.
If you do not have this application just follow the prompts to download. https://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=70392
Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:43 am
I was intrigued as to the identity of the "two elderly men", as stated in the film description, and managed to find a photograph of these wonderful craftsmen.
They are in fact the Helweg brothers, the last generation of silversmiths of this great dynasty.
In the foreground is Hendrik Roelof Carel Helweg jnr. (born 1887, died 1972) and behind him is his brother Carl Hendrik Helwig (born 1893, died ?. This photo was taken in 1953.
I believe both the brothers retired when this very long established business closed its doors for the last time in 1965.
Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:47 pm
Well found, Trev.
How I wish there were videos of Georgian workshops, but I doubt their methods would have been very different, if at all.
Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:24 am
I have several videos taken in the early 1750's of silversmiths making early iPOD cases.
But the Video system used, Beatermin, was obsolete by 1760 and unless anyone out there has a suitable machine, they are unplayable.
Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:34 am
What a terrible loss!
Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:48 am
The device struck of the finial of the spoon that was shown being produced in the film was originally prepared by the brothers uncle, the engraver, Carl Hendrik Helweg in 1883.
Carl Hendrik Helweg was born on the 4th May 1846 and died on the 11th August 1903. The above photo was taken in 1895.
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Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:31 am
Always nice to put a face to the name.
Roelof Helweg. Born 10th December 1758. Died 10th September 1843.