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B553 Working model of a 'Platt' brick-press and spanners (3), metal / wood, made by John Chadwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1894, based on a brickmaking machine at Fowler's Pottery, Parramatta Road, Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia. Click to enlarge.

Model 'Platt' brick-press as used at Fowler's Pottery

Made
This is a nicely detailed working model of a 'Platt' brick press, which was probably powered by a model steam engine via a belt around one of the two smooth-faced pulleys. It features two brick-shaped moulds for holding dry powdered clay or shale while it was subjected to pressure. It represents a major innovation in brick-making, which traditionally used a wet clay slurry, as making bricks with dry material was quicker and more fuel-efficient.

Mr J. Chadwick made this model at his …

Summary

Object No.

B553

Object Statement

Working model of a 'Platt' brick-press and spanners (3), metal / wood, made by John Chadwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1894, based on a brickmaking machine at Fowler's Pottery, Parramatta Road, Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia

Physical Description

Model belt-driven geared press with moulds for making two bricks by the dry process. It is based on a press made by Platt Bros of Oldham, Englan, UK, a large firm whose main output was machinery for manufacturing textiles.

Dimensions

Height

300 mm

Width

425 mm

Depth

420 mm

Production

Notes

The model was made in 1894 by Mr J Chadwick, who worked at Fowler's Pottery in Parramatta Road, Sydney. He based the model on a brick press then in operation at Fowler's.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr Mountford, 1929

Acquisition Date

14 June 1929

Cite this Object

Harvard

Model 'Platt' brick-press as used at Fowler's Pottery 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2022, <https://ma.as/214077>

Wikipedia

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