Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Suckled on Iron

At the feet of Your Excellency, most worthy representative of the public majesty, the craftsmen of Gardone bow down.

Born among the mountains, suckled on iron, raised in the smithies, from all of which they draw the sustenance that maintains them, bronzed by the endless heat of the fires, they can earn their living only by labouring with heavy hammers on the anvils.

If this work is lacking, they are deprived of life itself.

- Letter from gunsmith Giovanni Beretta, then Mayor of Gardone, Italy to the Capitanio of Brescia, forwarded to the Italian Senate in in April 1683, as found in the foreword to R.L. Wilson's World of Beretta.

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