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M294b Commercial Bank of Scotland

M294b Commercial Bank of Scotland

This is a very unusual single mould with one rod and no deckle. It is stamped "Sinclair" in cursive script on brass. I am not sure if there was such a mouldmaker or was it a mill? Although wove with backing wire, there appear to be no chain lines under ribs. Laid lines sewn to ribs (much of sewing perished) and laid lines stitched in unusual pattern to cover half way between ribs. The sewing pattern is in some ways similar to M295 (which are Catalan!). No guide wires. Could be very early wove. There are also no waterbars at ends or where the deckle dividers would have been and the drain holes are very crudely punched although moulds are generally well made. The cover wire is perished and worn through in many places. I acquired this mould from Ron MacDonald of Edwin Amies in 1993. He knew nothing about it or why it was in his possession. The Commercial Bank of Scotland was once the second largest bank in Scotalnd and eventually became part of RBS - see http://heritagearchives.rbs.com/wiki/Commercial_Bank_of_Scotland_Ltd,_Edinburgh,_1810-1959

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