Collection area: Production Technology

This area covers the artisanal and industrial production technology used in agriculture and forestry, wood and metal processing, textile manufacture, the production of foodstuffs and luxury foods, glass, ceramics and the chemical industry, as well as the paper industry. With almost one half of all the objects and a series of special historical collections, it characterises the profile of the museum to a large extent. In the future, the area will increasingly focus on the documentation of new materials.

Filter: Woodworking / All Epochs / (6 Exhibits found)
  • FA-124169

    Binderschlägel, um 1750

    The depiction on the mallet illustrates its function: a cooper is shown using the mallet and a flattener to hammer barrel hoops into place. Depicted on the reverse side are a pope and a saint – might the barrel have contained communion wine?

  • FA-116708

    Box with tools, c 1910

    Tools from several countries, harmoniously contained within a confined space, represented different cultures of craftsmanship as well as diverging paths towards industrialisation.

  • FA-124171

    Carpenter’s plane, early 18th century

    A king’s head for a handle: whenever the craftsman applied his plane, he would necessarily close his fist around the monarch’s head and neck to achieve a stable planing action. An instance of lèse-majesté perhaps?

  • FA-124159

    Collection of wood samples in book form (‘xylotheque’), c 1845

    Books are made of paper, and paper somehow consists of wood. But when samples of wood are disguised as a book, it’s not a biblio-que, but a xylo-theque.

  • FA-123535

    Craftsman’s lathe for Tsar Nicholas of Russia, 19th century

    The ruling classes rule, and do not engage in physical labour. Or do they? This object might be proof to the contrary. Unfortunately, apart from its designation, the object’s actual provenance is very poorly documented.

  • FA-123704

    Veneering circular saw, 1816

    Almost six metres long and more than three metres tall: it’s a woodworking behemoth and an important reminder of the high standard of Viennese furniture making during the Biedermeier period.

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