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Fire-proof asbestos cloth experiments amianthus paper

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, London
Pages 409-416, about 11" x 7.25"
Article: "Fire-Proof Asbestos Cloth"
This article is just over 1.25 pages.
Rare piece of early Asbestos history.
This is an original magazine, as pictured.
The asbestos article is text only (no pictures).
This article begins with, "It has been known for ages that the fibres of a peculiar mineral, called asbestos or amianthus, might be woven into a kind of cloth capable of resisting great heat; but it was not till about the year 1830 that the idea of applying it to a useful purpose in this country seems to have arisin."
This article describes the experiments done by Chevalier Aldini to show the fireproof nature of asbestos cloth. Asbestos gloves, full head caps, and asbestos-cloth dresses were worn by firemen and other people in these experiments and the experiments showed that the asbestos cloth can protect people from flames.
This article also talks about the different kinds of asbestos, specifically, amianthus, mountain leather, mountain cork, mountain wood, and common asbestos.
It also describes the process of how amianthus asbestos is used to make cloth.
There is also a description of how aminathus fibre can be used to make paper. It says, "For this purpose they require to be well beaten until reduced to an impalpable powder, and subsequently worked up with a large quantity of size in water."
Other items that the article mentions have been made out of asbestos at one time are: lamp wicks, pottery, threads, nets, net-work, head-ornaments, napkins, table and funeral cloths, bonnets, gloves, purses, girdles, and ribands.
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