16. metals


Jacob Hilgers & Trägerwellblech ephemera

My understanding is that this material is from a government file, and the companies are submitting proposals and prices to officials including the 'Royal Building Master'.  Hein Lehmann were the inventors and/or patentees of the new deep profile heavy gauge Trägerwellblech corrugated iron. Trägerwellblech was manufactured by Jacob Hilgers, presumably as agent for Hein Lehmann or under a licence from them. Hein Lehmann were submitting prices for the proposed prison at Cassel. In a letter of 1878 Hein Lehmann proposed for the first time the use of curved Trägerwellblech carrying a concrete floor above: the use of corrugated iron in this way goes back to 1848 in Britain, but the new idea was to do the same thing with Trägerwellblech iron. This proposal at Cassell did not proceed, but the new system came into use in Germsany, and by the 1880s itwas widespread in eastern Austrlia.

(A) Jacob Hilgers galvanised iron, zinc &c:

(B) Trägerwellblech:

'Traegerwelblechdach für die Centralhalle der Strafanstadt bei Cassel' [traegerwellblech roof for the central hall of the penitentiary establishment near Cassell]. Undated drawing.

Iron & Steel

Pressed Metal Ceilings & Cladding



Henry Hope


Galvanizing &c.

Non-Ferrous Metals

See also:

(sec 5) Treatise on Architecture 3. [incl] Ornamental Ironwork, Roofing, Sheet-Metal Work I C S Reference Library: 73. Roofing (sec 12) B.R.C. Reinforcements (sec 13) Matheson, Works in Iron (sec 38) Australuco Aluminium Data B H P, Rolled Steel Sections Melbourne Iron and Steel Mills Lysaght Venture (sec 39) "Quasi-Arc" Electric Welding (sec 45) Australasian Ironmonger,1 October 1886.

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