Pescia Paper Museum
The main purpose of the museum is to preserve the ancient art of processing and manufacturing handmade paper and to raise awareness of the importance and evolution of paper production. Paper has been produced in the area since the end of the 15th century.
The Museum boasts a collection of about 7000 tools used to produce paper by hand, donated by Cartiera Magnani 2000 S.p.A. in 2004. The pieces include paper forms, filigree waxes, punches, metal sheets and stamps.
164 filigree waxes, 484 watermarked moulds, among which the one of 1812 which bears the effigies of Napoleon and Maria Luisa of Austria, and 284 of the 2,996 punches have already been catalogued and inventoried.
The preserved watermarks were destined for a high-quality production. By way of example, some of those available were produced for the following businesses: Ferrovie dello Stato, Alfa Romeo, Walt Disney, Visa, Armani, Banca d’Italia, Montecatini – Edison, Italgas, Motta, Ilva, Pignone, Pirelli, Finsider, ENI, AGIP, IT.
The museum is aimed at a wide audience of scholars and students, enthusiasts and anyone else interested. Here you can explore the history of paper and learn about its many secrets: from the valuable collection of watermarks to the vintage tools and machinery for the hand-made production of paper.
The museum’s mission is to preserve six centuries of tradition, spreading the culture and knowledge of one of the oldest communication means: paper.
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