A few things about Steampunk…
It’s described as literary genre (science fiction or fantasy) that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century.
It has an influence of the Victorian era, with an adventurous-industrial twist.
You may recognize the style in graphic novels such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and movies like Sherlock Holmes.
“To me, it’s essentially the intersection of technology and romance.” – Jake von Slatt
Those drawn to this style have handcrafted everything from jewelry to cars and much more following the same design aesthetic characteristics: Using materials like Brass, copper, glass and polished wood; and engraving, etching, and adding details over more detail. Sometimes it features anachronistic innovations; like the use of antique, or obsolete artifacts. Such pieces bring to mind the worlds of authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.
“Steampunk simply embodies a time and a place. The time… the late 19th century. The place… a steam powered world, where air travel by fantastical dirigibles is as common as traveling by train or boat (or submarine). A place where national interests are vastly different than our own version of history. A place where the elegant and refined are as likely to get pulled into a grand adventure, as the workers, ruffians, and lower classes. A place where the idea of space travel is not so far fetched. A place where lost civilizations are found and lost again. A place where anything is possible, and science can be twisted to meet ones own ends.”
–Joshua A. Pfeiffer