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World In Pictures: Making armour for the Vatican Swiss Guard

Blacksmith brothers Johann (R) and Georg Schmidberger stand in front of their workshop in Molln, Upper Austria. Johann, 29, and Georg, 28, produce made-to-order handmade harnesses for the Vatican.

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Blacksmith Georg Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop. The made-to-order handmade harnesses take 120 hours of handiwork per piece and hardly differs from the 500-year-old originals.

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Blacksmith Johann Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop. The brothers carry on the tradition of the blacksmith trade in the fifth generation of their family.

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A part of a harness for the Vatican Swiss guard lies in a fireplace at a workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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Blacksmith Georg Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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Blacksmith Georg Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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Hammers are pictured at a workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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Blacksmith Johann Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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Blacksmith Johann Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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Blacksmith Johann Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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Blacksmith brothers Johann (R) and Georg Schmidberger work on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at their workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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A finished harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard is pictured at a workshop in Molln, Upper Austria.

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