With the exception of Hover's Wrought Iron: Encyclopedia of Ironwork, there seems to be almost no literature on this colonial craft, the very decorative objects it produced which have become increasingly fashionable collector's items, or the artisans. The village smithy is almost extinct except as a fifth grade recitation requirement. Mr. Kauffman (a teacher, an authority, and a longstanding collector) has written a brief history of ironware from the first furnaces and forges and foundries to the various black and whitesmiths, farriers, toolmakers, cutlers, nailers who produced a wide range of very functional necessities. With one or two or more photographs to the page, this is a most attractive pictorial presentation (the layout is exceptionally good) which should be equally valuable for institutions (museums, etc.) and homes.