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Model 'Comet' corn mill, 1753.

Model 'Comet' corn mill, 1753.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Dr Stephen Demainbray (1710-1782), the famous lecturer, had this model made while he was in Lyon, France, in 1753. The mill from which it was copied had been designed a few years earlier by M Dubost to operate on the river Rhone. The mill was situated in a boat which was moored in the current. The flow of water turned the archimedean screw propeller which turned the upper grinding wheel underneath the roof.

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