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: Paper / All Epochs / (6 Exhibits found)
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    Board with raw materials for paper, c 1910

    Peat fibres, pine cones, vines, nettles – vast is the array of potential raw materials used in papermaking. Over time, many have been tried and tested and then rejected.

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    Model of a paper mill, c 1910

    Hydraulic power for stamping the raw materials, a vat for making the paper, a press for extracting the water: these were all the fundamentals of paper-making in the pre-industrial age. And that’s how vividly descriptive technology can be.

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    Packing papers, 1820

    Paper made from old rags can be kept for centuries. Usually, it is the more attractive samples that find their way into museums; more rarely so for simple packing papers. Does this paper contain unusual substances?

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    Sample board with pressed and printed papers, 1828

    Bright vibrant colours and stark patterns are not what you immediately associate with the more restrained style of the Biedermeier period. Papers and wallpapers by Spörlin & Rahn highlight the fondness for the experimental of many manufacturers of furnishings for the comfort of the home.

  • FA-123547

    Sleeking hammer for handmade paper, 19th century

    Writing on paper, cutting it to size, tearing it up – why not? But hammering it? Handmade paper was often characterised by unevenness, which had to be eliminated by different means.

  • FA-122478

    Two-part screen for genuine handmade paper, 19th century.

    This screen for making paper by hand was apparently in use right up until 1904. The watermark was incorporated into the sheets of handmade paper as the manufacturer’s mark of quality.

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