This is the view of a typical workplace of a goldsmith. The middle pointed piece of wood is used to press the working-piece against it that has to be filed for example. It is the main purpose, but it is also used to give countersupport when pressure is needed to give the material a special form.
The metal-plate is used to smooth material or to arrange several pieces to see if they fit together.
Underneath, but hard to see frome here there is a skin from leather or a wooden box to catch the filings from the precious metals. From these filings it is possible to reclaim the fine precious metals.

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