Coppersmith’s trade is one of the most ancient handicrafts in the Bulgarian lands – the Thracians used to be skillful masters of processing precious metals, including copper. Due to its wide range of applications in day-to-day living, it continued to thrive during the First and the Second Bulgarian kingdoms and did not stop during the Ottoman yoke. Copper was the material to make most of the household vessels: coppers, cauldrons, pots, various kinds of bowls, baking dishes and tins, pans, coffeepots, cups, pitchers, jugs, church bowls, baptismal fonts, trays, fire-pans, spoons, etc.
Prior to the Liberation, a few well-established Bulgarian coppersmith centers thrived including Stara Zagora, Veliko Tarnovo, Kazanlak, Troyan, Asenovgrad, etc. The craft lived its heyday in the 19th century. Coppersmithing suffered an obvious decline in the aftermath of the First World War, when tangibly cheaper goods started to be imported massively, and subsequently, as the production of aluminum, enameled and other vessels expanded. Today, the craft has lost its economic worth, except to some extent in the production of rakiya brandy cauldrons, coffeepots, and articles of artistic value. This decline has been prompted mainly by the high price of the raw materials, the long production time, as well as by the need of regular tinning for household use.