Cotton bale breaker

Made:
1911 in Oldham

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Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.

When raw cotton arrived at the mill, this machine opened up the bales and started to break apart the tightly packed fibres. Its powerful spikes and rollers could do the job much faster than by hand.

Details

Category:
Textile Industry
Object Number:
Y1981.29
type:
cotton bale breaker