The Quarterly No. 82 - April 2012


From Britain to Botany Bay: Art Material Supply in Colonial Australia - Louise Wilson

A detailed article describing the trade in both paper and other artist's materials from the UK into Australia from the late 18th to mid-19th centuries. Before the home market was established artists were reliant upon links with UK firms to supply all forms of equipment required for painting and drawing. This account is illustrated with various prints produced by Australian artists of the period.

8 pages, 10 illustrations


Rating of Paper Mills in Lancashire - Mike Malley

The Quarter Sessions held at Preston in 1903 contain a two page document describing the 'ratings of paper mills in the county of Lancashire'. Aside from the mill name, information includes number of paper machines, their sizes, distance to the nearest railway station, and the poor rate assessments. The two pages of this document are shown, alongside an assessment of some of the important information it contains.

2.5 pages, 2 illustrations


William Town on the Rag Women's Strike

A contemporary report from a mill owner of the steps taken in a dispute with rag women over pay.

0.5 pages


Paper in Simone Martini's Frescoed Maestà - Professor Norman Muller

This frescoed Maestà is dated 1315. It contains unusual materials not usually found in frescos: glass, paste gems, silver, tin, gold leaf, and something originally described as parchment. This article is a re-assessment of the latter, which shows in fact it is paper.

2 pages, 4 illustrations


Reading the Fragment: Bullet Holes, Mildew, and Blood Stains - Dr Sydney J Shep

Aside from ammunition and standard military kit, soldiers tend to carry various miscellaneous items of no military value - but with sentimental attachment. This article describes some of the paper-based artefacts carried by soldiers during the Boer war, including: paperback books, writing sets, newspapers, photographs, and banknotes. The significance of the material is discussed alongside its sociological context.

7 pages


Reminiscences of a Pulp Sampler

A short article from the very late 19th century, describing the woes and trials of an itinerant analyst or pulp tester, who plied his trade the length and breadth of the English countryside.

1 page


The Japanese way of Making Vessels of Paper or Saw Dust

A mid-Georgian article from the mid-18th century describing the production of imitation metal and ceramic dishes from papier mâché. Included in the description is the use of various varnishes, paints and metal leaf used as decoration.

2 pages


Curdridge Paper Mill - John Hammond

This mill in Hampshire operated from around 1640 until the mid-19th century. This very detailed description outlines most of the paper-making information, along with some history of the site following its closure as a paper manufactory. Copious appendices describe some of the various papermaking families that worked at the mill, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

10 pages, 5 illustrations


History of Paper Test Instrumentation Part 22: Wet Pulp Test Apparatus - Daven Chamberlain

To date this series has concentrated upon laboratory test instrumentation used to analyse paper sheets. However, much specialised apparatus has also been devised to assess pulps prior to their transformation into a sheet of paper. This detailed article describes test equipment used to assess pulp samples in a wetted state.

10 pages, 6 illustrations


Review of a Popular Publication in the Searching Style - Charles Dickens

One of the great master's literary rambles, this time taking as its subject the bank note. The paper, inks and printing process are all described, as is the subject of forgery, and the steps taken by the Bank of England to identify counterfeit notes.

4 pages, 1 illustration, 1 table