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

Model brick press

This is a nicely detailed working model of a ‘Platt’ brick press, which was probably powered by a model steam engine via a belt. It features two brick-shaped moulds for holding dry clay 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 clay was quicker and more fuel-efficient.

In 1894 Mr J. Chadwick made this model of a brick press at his workplace, Fowler’s Pottery, in Sydney. This machine...

Summary

Object No.

B553

Object Statement

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

Physical Description

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

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 brick press 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 February 2019, <https://ma.as/214077>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/214077 |title=Model brick press |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 February 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Store 2 at the Museums Discovery Centre.

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