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M295a Miguel Cal Manel whole mould

M295a Miguel Cal Manel whole mould

These moulds were given to me by Museu Moli Paperer de Capellades, Catalunya in exchange for a Hayle Mill pair. Capellades told me that "The first documentary evidence relating to this family is from La Riba (Tarragona), where on 16 July 1727 Cristofol Miguel received permission to build a mill. It became known as the "Font Gran" Mill, since it was situated next to an abundant spring that rises near the River Brugent a place very near to La Riba. After a number of years a descendent of this Cristofol Miguel moved to Capellades where some of his relations lived. He made the names of the "d' en Patera" Mill (situated near the River Carme next to the "Turo"), as well as of the "Cal Manel" Mill - the second mill on the River Anoia below Capellades. The special product of the Miguels, for which they were widely known, was cigarette paper of all kinds." 2 dowel braces across each corner of mould appear typical of Catalan practice (sorry not photographed!). Unusual wire fixing from ribs to chain lines which are spaced halfway between ribs (i.e. none on ribs). These sewing wires are at about 45 degrees to face and pull face towards end of moulds. No water bars. Bevel edge to front face of frame which is very light. The watermarks, which do not show up well in pictures, show a Mediterranean umbrella pine with a wreath of laurel to left and stylised pine branch on right & a view of Capellades.

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