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M296b P Vidal y F

M296b P Vidal y F

Moulds given to me by Museu Moli Paperer di Capellades in exchange for one of mine. Watermarks do not show well in these photos. Single mould with no deckle. 1 wooden rod to which the outer 4 ribs at each end (through which it is conventionally fitted) is fastened with a tiny brass (?) pin. Single dowel brace across each corner of mould. Some damage cover and backing wire. The latter appear to have no chain lines & just a light wire connecting some of the laid lines together between ribs. The cover and backing are sewn to the ribs with one set of sewing wires. No guide wires or water bars. Slight bevel to face of deckle frame which is very light and shallow. Capellades state "The last two mills fed by the water of the "Bassa" which descend one after the other from Capellades down to the River Anoia, were known - like the "Cal Federico" and the "Cal Gats" Mills - as the "Pablo Vidal" Mills. The Vidals were a Capellades family of ancient papermaking stock. In 1854 their mills were restored and enlarged and this date - together with a carved eagle - appears in the keystone over one of the doors of the mills. Pablo Vidal adapted the wellknown mark by Antoni Ferrer and also use two-circles mark which was popular throughout Spain. After the construction of the mill he used an eagle watermark for his cigarette papers, which were also widely and successfully used as writing paper."

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