Cotton Staples

Made:
1900-1914 in unknown place

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Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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Twenty four specimens of prepared staples of cottons, mounted on card within two wooden and glass cases.

The cotton plant (natural order MALVACEA, genus GOSSYPIUM) is widely distributed between 40°N and 30°S. It requires a moist and warm environment. The fibre when matured becomes flattened and has a helical twist amounting to as many as 180 turns per inch. These specimens are representative of the different varieties grown in the world.

Details

Category:
Textiles Machinery
Object Number:
1914-112
Materials:
cardboard, complete, cotton (fibre), glass and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
individual: 270 mm x 230 mm x 20 mm,
type:
sample
taxonomy:
credit:
Gift of Mr. W.S. Murphy