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Posted by Roger Donne on 23/10/2020, 6:37 pm, in reply to "Re: ARTIFICER
As far as I know, artificer is a term used to described a member of the armed forces skilled in a particular trade. Apprenticeships in the civilian world involved the binding of an apprentice to a master for a fixed term, often on payment of a premium, in order to be taught a particular trade. However, in the 18th/19th century, so-called apprenticeships were used as a means of poor relief. This of involved young people being 'apprenticed' to learn husbandry or housewifery in exchange for board and lodging, and in the worst cases meant that they were little more than farm or domestic servants.