Production sectors and services

  • Key

    Record number:12571
    Form of acquisition: purchase
    Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 cm
    Weight: 70 g

    Female iron key (final perforation in circular form) with a double-lobed ring. The stem is cylindrical and reveals three decorative circles at the head end. The other end reveals an opening at the top of the stem, measuring 2 cm. The bit is flat (the opening or slit that runs through the key bit as far as the stem). The bit has a flattened conical pyramid cross-section.

    This conical pyramid type of key bit was produced from the 16th century onwards.

  • Lock

    Record number: 12731
    Form of acquisition: purchase
    Dimensions: 11 x 17 x 12 cm
    Weight: 300 g

    Iron lock with a decorated plate supporting the mechanism. The mechanism comprises a spring which maintains the tension in a pin which, operated by the outer handle, serves to lock or open the mechanism. There is no keyhole, and so no key. There is a tab which can be moved to prevent the handle from moving.
    The handle is decorated with engraved geometrical forms.

  • Lock and key

    Record number: 12726
    Date: 1600 - ?
    Form of acquisition: purchase
    Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 10 cm
    Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 4 cm
    Weight: 480 g

    Iron lock comprising a square box heavily decorated with floral elements, with a simple locking mechanism. The bolt has been lost. The locking spring has a simple S shape.

    It has a latch decorated with two imaginary animals, and an architectural feature in the form of a tower. The corresponding key is a female design made of iron, with a hooked bit, collar and decorated ring in the form of a heart. The keyhole has a complex hooked form, of a type produced from the 17th century onwards.

  • Iroquois steam roller

    Record number: 1808
    Date: 1926
    Form of acquisition: donation
    Dimensions: 227 x 310 x 95 cm
    Weight: 2,500 kg

    Iroquois steam roller. A machine/tool used in the past to flatten tarmac or earth on roads and for other heavy rolling functions.

    An automotive compressor vehicle of considerable weight, used to compact the surface of public highways. It comprises a solid frame mounted at the front on a large iron cylinder which can be steered to alter the vehicle's direction of travel. At the rear there is a large drive wheel like the front cylinder, made of iron, with surfaces in contact with the ground. The weight would range from between 6 to 12 and 18 tonnes, with movement generated by a diesel engine with a power rating of from 4 to 6 hp per tonne.

  • Rake

    Record number: 3467
    Date: 18th century
    Form of acquisition: donation
    Dimensions: 23 x 218 x 75 cm

    Agricultural tool with a rigid frame used after ploughing to break up the earth, pull out weeds and cover over the seeds. It works the surface part of the soil. The working part comprises a series of rigid teeth or tines mounted vertically to a wooden rectangular structure, and arranged in three rows.

    Two iron rings were attached to the draught animal pulling it. It would also level the soil.

  • Roman plough

    Record number: 3473
    Date: 1400 - 1600
    Form of acquisition: donation

    A Roman type plough comprising a long arm (the beam), which was called by the animals, and the mouldboard, the rear part of the plough onto which the ploughman held. The share, the piece of iron that cut through the earth to create the horizontal furrow, is attached to the plough.

    The first ploughs were used by farmers in Mesopotamia around 3500 BC, and were pulled by oxen. Around 500 BC, farmers began to make iron ploughshares, that were harder and larger, making them stronger and longer lasting. The farmer would walk behind the plough, holding it at an incline to push the ploughed earth to one side as it advanced, although this operation did not cover over all the surface vegetation. The Romans used this type of plough, which is why it is known as a Roman plough.

  • Cocoa mill

    Record number:4303
    Form of acquisition: purchase
    Dimensions: 150 x 130 x 115 cm

    Device used to mill cocoa seeds to be used in powder form for the production of chocolate.

  • Dough mixer, Tomas, Soles & C en C

    Record number: 4752
    Date: 1925 - 1930
    Geographical specifications: Girona
    Form of acquisition: purchase
    Dimensions: 120 x 126 x 91 dim

    Cylindrical iron container with gearing and belt on one side. The base is used to allow it to engage with an adjacent circular crown. Painted green on the outside.

    This dough mixer was originally purchased for a bakery in Sabadell between 1925 and 1930. Some time between 1945 and 1950 it was purchased second-hand by Mr Jaume Rovira Grífol for his bakery in Sagàs. It remained in operation up until the early 1970s.

  • Jacquard loom

    Record number: 6816

    Date: c.1884. 1950

    Form of acquisition: purchase

    Dimensions: 416 x 280 x 200 cm

    Jacquard loom, silk blade mechanism.This comprises a device known as the Jacquard, positioned at top, used to weave designs of considerable size, perfection and colouring, which was impossible on other looms. The Jacquard device features a series of perforated cards, that together represent a design. When the needles of the machine pass through each of the holes on the cards, the warp threads are selected, and interwoven with the weft threads to create the design.