paper burst tester

New York

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Paper burst tester made by the Ashcroft Manufacturing Co. New York c.1912.

Patented 31 December 1912

Sold in the UK by HB Legge and Co, London

As the quality of paper became increasingly important to suit the specialist uses of customers, samples needed to be tested to ensure that they met the required standard once in production. Writing paper needs to have a consistent surface and an ability

to hold ink whereas packaging paper needs to be tested for strength and how resistant it is to tearing. Quality testing is important to maintain high standards in production. Any variation of quality would impact upon the paper's capability to be used for

a defined purpose.

This instrument is used to test the amount of force required to burst a sheet of paper of a particular type and therefore to give an indication of its strength and ability to withstand impacts.

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Object Number:
paper burst tester
Gift of The National Paper Museum Trust

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