They are small portable braziers (foculi) of bronze or sometimes of silver and of highly ornate design.
Hence the craft of tinmen and braziers is carried on by the same individuals.
In many localities the braziers have a special repute either for a peculiar alloy or for a particular process of ornamentation.
When King Ferdinand felt himself securely re-established at Naples he determined to exterminate the Carbonari, and to this end his minister of police, the prince of Canosa, set up another secret society called the Calderai del Contrappeso (braziers of the counterpoise), recruited from the brigands and the dregs of the people, who committed hideous excesses against supposed Liberals, but failed to exterminate the movement.
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