A cornice mould

It seems to be the lot of a curator to have to know everything. We do our best at Market Lavington Museum, but nobody can begin to know everything. And when it comes to tools that are specialities in a particular trade we just don’t have the knowledge we might like to have.

So today we are featuring a cornice mould that is more than 100 years old. Without the benefit of the World Wide Web, we’d not know how it was used.

19th century cornice mould at Market Lavington Museum

19th century cornice mould at Market Lavington Museum

This device is to help make a fancy or decorative plaster joint between a wall and a ceiling. It is specifically made for one pattern of decoration

As we don’t have a full knowledge, we have borrowed an image from www.cornice.co.uk to show how such a tool is used.

This photo of a mould in use comes from www.cornice.co.uk

This photo of a mould in use comes from http://www.cornice.co.uk

Our tool was used by the Gye building firm and dates from the late 19th century.

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