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Fifth generation blacksmith brothers forge Swiss Guard harnesses

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Blacksmith Georg Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at his workshop in Molln, Upper Austria on June 12.

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Blacksmith Johann Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard.

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Blacksmith Georg Schmidberger works on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard.

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Blacksmith brothers Johann and Georg Schmidberger work on a harness for the Vatican Swiss Guard at their workshop in Molln, Upper Austria on June 12.

Blacksmith brothers Johann and Georg Schmidberger produce made-to-order handmade harnesses for the Vatican Swiss Guard.

Each piece takes 120 hours of handiwork and they hardly differ from the 500-year-old originals. The brothers carry on the tradition of the blacksmith trade in the fifth generation of their family.

Lisi Niesner / Reuters

Hammers are pictured at a workshop in Molln, Upper Austria where handmade harnesses for the Vatican Swiss Guard are produced.

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