A Pair of Papermaking Deckle & Moulds - Amies 1927.
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A pair of papermaking moulds - Made by Amies (I think) in October, 1927.
In the good old days, when hand papermaking was still a volume process, the usual arrangement was to use a pair of moulds and one deckle.
The vatman never let go of the deckle. He formed a sheet on one using the deckle while the coucher did his bit... without the deckle of course.. with the other. Speedy operation and no need for more than one deckle.
Internal: 32 x 18 inches, 810 x 455 mm (approx)
External: 34 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches, 870 x 515 mm (approx)
Watermarks: Twelve repeats of "Antient London", "Handmade", the London shield with tear bars. These would make (I think) 12 pieces of 6.5 x 8 inch paper. The watermarks and bars can easily be removed if required to make single 32 x 18" sheets.
Judging from the "Handmade" watermarks I am 99.9% certain that these were used to make bespoke paper at Hayle Mill. Ancient London may have been a stationery paper although this isn't certain.
Condition: Very good. There are one or two pins missing from the metal work on the deckle which can easily be replaced.
For papermaking or as an interesting decorative piece.