Trimming Machine - Thorvald Clasen, circa 1950s-1970s Object Reg. No: SH 931303

Alternative Name(s): Shearing Machine; Schermaschine Nr51

Trimming machine made by Thorvald Clasen, circa 1950s-1970s. This machine was used by visually impaired workers to trim pile on mats n the matmaking workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind from 1986 until it closed down in 1992. The machine was previously used to make mats at Pentridge Prison.
Long piece of machinery. Exhaust pipe extends out of top left. A shearing cylinder, enclosed in a green metal case forms top of machine. In front of cylinder is a wooden surface. Behind this, under shearing cylinder, is a spiked roller which draws mats through machine. On the right and left of machine are pulleys encased in green metal. On right side is green engine. Machine is supported on green iron frame.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 152.00 cm (Height), 90.00 cm (Width), 251.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: working life, industries, disability organisations, sheltered workshops, visual impairment, textile manufacturing machinery
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: occupational therapy tools & equipment
Inscriptions: Inscribed: THORVALD CLASEN/HAMBURG.
Manufacturer: Thorvald Clasen, Hamburg, Germany, circa 1950s-1970s
User: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 1986-1992
Place & Date Used: Pentridge Prison, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s-1980s
References: Malcolm Fraser - R.V.I.B. Factory workshop supervisor; Tom Jennings - R.V.I.B. Factory worker

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