The interior was marble and polished wood, dating back to a time when first generation craftsmen took pride in their workmanship.
Was royally entertained on the 3rd of August 1617, and afterwards presented the seven incorporated trades with a silver gun to encourage the craftsmen in the practice of musketry.
Assyrian and afterwards Greek craftsmen working for Scythic employers were compelled to decorate these outlandish forms, which they did according to their own fashion: but there was also a native style with conventionalized beast decoration, which was almost always employed for the adornment of bits and horses' gear, and very often for weapons.
To obtain the effect it was necessary to reproduce as far as possible the conditions under which the early craftsmen worked, and to create scientifically glass which is impure in colour, irregular in section, and non-homogeneous in texture.
Glass-blowers may have been amongst their captive craftsmen, and may have started the industry in Egypt.
It was well adapted for receiving cut and engraved decoration, and in these processes the German craftsmen proved themselves to be exceptionally skilful.
France assimilated the craft of glass-making, and her craftsmen acquired a wide reputation.
Historians have expressed divergent views regarding the early relations of the craftsmen and their fraternities to the gild merchant.
Separate societies of craftsmen were formed in England soon after the gild merchant came into existence; but at first they were few in number.
As has already been intimated, however, many artisans probably belonged both to their own craft fraternity and to the gild merchant, and the latter, owing to its great power in the town, may have exercised some sort of supervision over the craftsmen and their societies.
Many master craftsmen now became wealthy employers of labour, dealing extensively in the wares which they produced.
When these various unions of dealers and of craftsmen embraced all the trades and branches of production in the town, little or no vitality remained in the old gild merchant; it ceased to have an independent sphere of activity.
A widespread movement of this sort would scarcely be found in England, where trade and industry were less developed than on the continent, and where the motives of a class conflict between merchants and craftsmen were less potent.
The best way to make a chair, known only by a few craftsmen, would be used to make all the chairs better.
Craftsmen and industrious artisans, return to your work, your houses, your shops, where the protection of guards awaits you!