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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 compressed dry powdered clay into moulds. It was powered by a steam engine via a belt around one of the two smooth-rimmed wheels.

    The model represents an interesting sideline for Platt Bros of Oldham, England, a firm that made large numbers of machines for processing wool (see objects F387 and F388) and cotton (see object D9742 and D9743). It also represents both the enthusiasm of Mr Chadwick for a machine he worked with and his model-making skills.

    Debbie Rudder, 2015

    Reference

    http://asslh.org.au/hummer/the-hummer-vol-9-no-1-2014/bricktechnology/

    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 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2020, <https://ma.as/214077>

    Wikipedia

    {{cite web |url=https://ma.as/214077 |title=Model brick press |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=25 September 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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