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2003/47/2 Fur cutting machine, 'Comet', wood /metal, used at Cornelius Bros, Sydney / made by [Kofold], [Germany], [1943].. Click to enlarge.

Fur cutting machine, ‘Comet’, wood /metal, used at Cornelius Bros, Sydney / made by [Kofold], [Germany], [1943].

Made in Germany, Europe, 1943.

Fur has a long history of use in clothing. Valued initially for its warmth, it became a key player in the use of dress to express wealth, status and luxury, and more recently it has been the target of anti-fur campaigns.

The fur cutting machine is part of a collection of archival material and objects (dating from the 1940s to 2000) relating to Australian fur manufacturer and retailer, Cornelius Furs. The Cornelius Furs shop on the corner of King and Castlereagh Streets, Sydney was established b...

Summary

Object No.

2003/47/2

Object Statement

Fur cutting machine, 'Comet', wood /metal, used at Cornelius Bros, Sydney / made by [Kofold], [Germany], [1943].

Physical Description

Fur cutting machine, 'Comet', wood /metal, used at Cornelius Bros, Sydney / made by [Kofold], [Germany], [1943].

Electric fur cutting machine used by Cornelius Furs to cut mink and other high value furs into fine strips. The 'Comet' features a motor and cutting tool mounted on top of a flat bed marked with rows of red and blue lines.

Production

Notes

The designer of the fur cutting machine is unknown.

The fur cutting machine is labelled 'Comet' [Kofold] and was made in [Germany].



1943-2000

Made

Germany, Europe 1943

History

Notes

The Cornlius Furs collection and archive was originally held by Max and Stella Cornelius who established the company in 1943. It was added to by Sonia Kempler who took over ownership of Cornelius Furs in 1984.

The mink cutting machine was used by Cornelius Furs to cut furs pelts into fine strips, a process decribed as 'letting out'. It is a technique that has been used since the early 20th century to change the properties of the skin area, increasing the length of the pelt at the expense of the width. By slicing the pelt into thin strips the fur manufacturer is able to produce a full garment length out of a single skin, producing a uniform stripe all the way down the garment. The process is more expensive and is generally only used on high value skins like mink.
The Cornlius Furs collection and archive was originally held by Max and Stella Cornelius who established the company in 1943. It was added to by Sonia Kempler who took over ownership of Cornelius Furs in 1984.

With the closure of Cornelius Furs in 2000 the Kempler family decided to auction the machinery and stock. The Powerhouse Museum previewed the Cornelius collection and purchased a selection of items.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2003

Acquisition Date

4 April 2003

Cite this Object

Harvard

Fur cutting machine, 'Comet', wood /metal, used at Cornelius Bros, Sydney / made by [Kofold], [Germany], [1943]. 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2019, <https://ma.as/12108>

Wikipedia

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