Recreating a 19th Century Flour Mill

Antique roller mills and bran dusters used to bring century-old flour mill back to life

This Perfection dust collector, manufactured by Prinz & Rau Mfg. Co., Milwaukee, created a vacuum to collect milling dust in each of these 460 authentic cotton tubes, or socks, which had been preserved for years in sealed metal containers.
Accidental fires and explosions caused by accumulated milling dust and overheated bearings posed a constant threat to flour mills in the 1800s. This Perfection dust collector, manufactured by Prinz & Rau Mfg. Co., Milwaukee, came out of a Nashville Milling Co. operation in southern Illinois. The device created a vacuum to collect milling dust in each of these 460 authentic cotton tubes, or socks, which had been preserved for years in sealed metal containers.