Machinery and industrial devices
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Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
Old English hand loom (as referred to in Luther Hooper's books). Jack in the box mechanism, purchased in Sudbury, Suffolk from the cottage of Alison Howsden with warping mill (1332111.1 (SNO.F.294.1)) and driving machine (1332111.2 (SNO.F.294.2)). Four pedals permitting patterned cloth. In notebook no.4, page 85 (1340945.4) Charles Wade refers to: 'Weavers Room 10. An Old Sudbury Hand Loom used for weaving fine silks by ALICE HOWSDEN, there is on wall a frame containing samples of her work.The Loom is now set up with very much coarser work to show the action. There is a harness of 4 headles a comparison of the REED now in place with those under the bench shows how very fine they were for silk weaving. A JACK IN THE BOX is mounted in its position at the side of the Loom, with its Top Castle on the top of the loom (this is not connected up). The Jack in the Box was an important invention by a weaver of Bethnal Green, in 1840. it saved much time & provided the means for raising any number of Headles in any sequence, by the use of two Treadles only instead of one for each headle. Was chiefly used for making very rich satins & very small figures.'.
purchased in Suffolk from the cottage of Alice Howsden Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.
Wade, 1944: Charles Paget Wade, Contents of Snowshill Manor. Volume 4 First and Second Floor, 1944, page 95