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Arkwright's water frame, 1775.
Improved spinning machine (water frame), by Sir Richard Arkwright, England, 1775.
Sewing machine by Elias Howe
Lockstitch sewing machine by Elias Howe, Lowell, Massachusetts, United States, made about 1846, the first sewing machine to be brought to England from America in that year.
Arkwright's prototype spinning machine, 1769.
Original spinning machine, Sir Richard Arkwright and John Kay, England, 1769.
Old Spitalfields hand loom with jacquard mechanism
Old Spitalfields hand loom with jacquard mechanism.
Machine used for covering wires with silk and cotton, 1837
Machine used for covering wires with silk and cotton for electrical purposes, made by W T Henley, Whitechapel, London, England, 1837
Singer 'New Family' sewing machine, 1865-1883.
The Singer 'New Family' lockstitch sewing machine, made between 1865 and 1883.
Model of a Power loom for plain weaving
Model, scale 1:3, of a power loom for simple plain weaving made by Messrs. Sevill and Woolstenhulme, Oldham, Manchester, England, 1857. This loom gives the most elementary kind of weaving in which weft crosses over and under the warps alternately and was the type used extensively for calico weaving. There is an arrangement for stopping the loom automatically if the shuttle does not reach its box after each pick, and if the weft should break then a weft fork device which is normally balanced to rest on the unbroken thread falls and operates cut off machinery to stop the loom.
Moldacot pocket sewing machine, 1887.
Moldacot patent lockstitch sewing machine with accessories in tin case, by the Moldacot Pocket Sewing Machine Company, London, England, 1886-1887.
Textile printing block, rectangular
1760-1775 probable date
Textile printing block of irregular rectangular shape, boxwood faced design with some use of metal pins; ornate column with large flowers arranged around it and probably used for soft furnishing. Made in England, probably c. 1760-1775.
Early Wheeler and Wilson hand-powered lock stitch sewing mac
Early Wheeler and Wilson hand-powered lock stitch sewing machine of a design of about 1867; this model was made around 1885.
Power loom manufactured by J. Harrison and Son, Blackburn, England and fitted with the loose reed emergency stop mechanism of 1842. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and subsequently modified by the makers with design changes up to 1858.
Model of a Jacquard loom
Model of a Jacquard loom (Scale 1:2), unknown maker, 1867.
Model (scale unknown) of a contemporary ribbon loo
Model (scale unknown) of a contemporary ribbon loom using the Jacquard principles, complete with accessories, designed and made by James Heywood, Coventry, England, 1870.
Saint's sewing machine, 1874.
Saint's chain stitch sewing machine made from drawings contained in a patent granted to Thomas Saint in 1790, by Newton Wilson and Co., 1874.
Carding machine by Arkwright, 1775, believed to be from Cromford Mill
Carding machine by Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), England, 1771-1780. Believed to be from Cromford Mill, Derbyshire.
The first Wheeler and Wilson sewing machine, 1866.
Wheeler and Wilson lock stitch sewing machine, type No.1. The first machine with rotary hook and four motion feed patented by Allen B. Wilson 1851 and 1854, and made in 1866.
A la memoire de J.M. Jacquard
Jacquard-woven picture "A la memoire de J.M. Jacquard" after the original by C. Bonnefond, in frame 20" x 14", frame 31" x 27", 1839
A Singer model 66 lock stitch oscillating hook sewing machin
Model 66 lock stitch oscillating hook sewing machine,Branded 'Twentieth century', sectioned and mounted above a mirror, Singer Manufacturing Company, 1908-1909.
Passap M 201 flat bed domestic knitting machine, c
Passap M 201 flat bed domestic knitting machine, c. 1950; complete with accessories and operating instructions.
Grover and Baker two-thread chain-stitch sewing machine, 1871.
Grover and Baker two-thread chain stitch sewing machine, 1871, an improved version of an 1851 model.
Copy of Thimonnier's chain-stitch sewing machine, 1830.
Copy of Barthelemy Thimonnier's chain stitch sewing machine, first invented in 1830.
Empress "I Move with the Times" lockstitch sewing machine, 1
Empress "I Move with the Times" lockstitch sewing machine, 1880-1890.
The 'Little Wanzer' lock stitch sewing machine, 1867-1873.
The 'Little Wanzer' lock stitch sewing machine, by the Wanzer Sewing Machine Company Ltd. (London), Great Portland Street, London, England, 1867-1873.
Model hand loom for weaving sacks (and so on) without a seam
prob year of patent 1802
Model hand loom for weaving sacks (and so on) without a seam (scale 1:8), invented by T. Clulow in 1802.
Treadle sewing machine sold by Harris Ltd, a Londo
Treadle sewing machine sold by Harris Ltd, a London retail firm. Harris purchased their machines from others (in this case, the National Sewing Machine Company of Illinois) and then put their own name on them for sale. This was a common practise in the UK and elsewhere.
Oscillating ring, lock stitch sewing machine, c. 1878.
Oscillating ring, lock stitch sewing machine, c. 1878.
Spinning Wheel, British, 1801-1850
Small wooden spinning wheel, United Kingdom, 1801-1850.
Willcox and Gibbs chain-stitch sewing machine, c 1914.
Willcox and Gibbs chain stitch sewing machine, c. 1914 model.
Remington Arms Company lock-stitch sewing machine, 1870.
Original Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine head: the 'Empire' model of 1870, by the Remington Arms Company, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 1870.
Ring spinning frame, 1926.
Portion of a ring spinning frame of 44 spindles (originally 400) made by Dobson & Barlow Ltd., 1926, one side of which has been converted in 1963 to the Casablancas high draft system; object is complete with spares for conversion to original state.
Judkin's lock-stitch sewing machine, 1851.
Reproduction of Judkin's lockstitch sewing machine made by Platt Bros & Co Ltd., Oldham, Manchester, England, shown at 1851 Exhibition.
Jones lock-stitch sewing machine, c 1890.
Lock stitch sewing machine, by Jones Sewing Machine Company, Manchester, England, 1879-1909.
Viscose rayon (artificial silk), 1896-1900.
Six skeins and one spool of artificial silk made at Wolston, near Coventry, between 1896 and 1900.
Reproduction of Hargreaves's original Spinning Jenny
Reconstruction of Hargreaves's Spinning Jenny, from the original of c. 1766
Model of a handloom (as used previous to the invention of the fly shuttle in 1733)
Model of a handloom (as used previous to the invention of the fly shuttle in 1733), made 1730-1800.
Closed spindle type bobbin winder for lace, with s
Closed spindle type bobbin winder for lace, with seven bobbins and a paper tape.
Printing block, 1976.
Relief moulded decoration made by methods used for textile printing blocks
Domestic chain stitch hand sewing machine, made either by th
Domestic chain stitch hand sewing machine, made either by the Guelph Sewing Machine Co. in Ontario, c. 1870, or the Charles Raymond Co., also in Guelph
Specimens of linen, 1783-1784.
Specimens of linen (on two sheets) dated 1783-4, with M.S. descriptions, 'Being patterns submitted for the duty of 15 per cent under the Act 24 Geo. III Chap. 40.' [Act no. 24 of George III, chapter 40] Of German and Flemish origin, unknown maker.
Bobbin Box of a Northrop single-shuttle 'S' loom
Bobbin box belonging to a Northrop single-shuttle 'S' loom with automatic bobbin insertion, 1939.
Scale Model of Machine for Printing Textiles, 1805
Model (scale 1:6) for printing textiles from engraved copper plate, made by Henry Maudslay, Lambeth, London, England, 1805.
Textile printing block of rectangular shape, solid
Textile printing block of rectangular shape, solid wood block, drilled and with numerous circular discs with eccentrically turned circle inserted to form a regular simple pattern. Made in England, c. 1800.
Howe lock-stitch sewing machine, c 1888.
Lock stitch sewing machine head representing the final form of the Howe machine, by the Howe Machine Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States, 1883 model.
Record flat bed knitting machine with specificatio
Record flat bed knitting machine with specification, and instruction book for pattern knitting, c. 1953
Arkwright's Wrap-reel Winding Wheel, English, 1769-1775
Original wrap-reel or winding wheel used at Sir Richard Arkwright's mill and probably made by John Kay, Cromford, Derbyshire, England, 1769-1775.
Model of Bodmer's carding engine.
Model of two carding engines arranged so as to combine their slivers (scale 1:8), patentee John George Bodmer, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1820-1824
Thomas lock-stitch sewing machine, c 1853.
Early lock-stitch sewing machine made in accordance with W.F. Thomas's patent of 1853
Specimen of artificial silk
Early specimen of artificial silk made by Sir Joseph Swan, 1883; crocheted/embroidered by Lady Swan to form a border to a handkerchief, for display at Exhibition of Inventions, London 1885.