Amozoc (Little)

Introduction

"Amozoc" or "God-child" irons are believed to be the creations of metal-smithers who lived in a small village called Amozoc in the central Mexican state of Puebla. Some collectors have listed their irons as originating in Spain, and this area of Mexico was heavily influenced by Spanish metal-smithing techniques. Known for their skills in working with silver and blue steel, Amozoc artisans created decorative items for harnesses and saddles, made spurs and knives for horsemen, and smoothing irons.

As the story goes, when one of these artisans wanted to honor a female child, such as one of their godchildren, they took up a scrap bit of blue steel, and sometimes a bit of silver, and fashioned a miniature iron for her. They also offered hand-crafted irons to tourists who came through this area by train. Their skill with engraving in steel is astounding, given the hardness of the metal, and the time it took to craft a trinket for a child is a testament to their commitment to their work.

The entire article on Amozoc Irons continues here in its entirety. Thank you to PITCA member Melissa Blankenship for sharing her research and photographs with us.