Model of Brunel's cotton winding machine.

Made:
1800-1802 in United Kingdom
inventor:
Marc Isambard Brunel
maker:
Unknown

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Machine to winding cotton into balls, invented by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel in 1802. Top 3/4 view. White graduated
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Machine to winding cotton into balls, invented by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel in 1802. Detail of wooden wheel. White
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Machine to winding cotton into balls, invented by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel in 1802. Detail of mechanism to roll the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Machine for winding cotton into balls, invented by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1800-1802. The first machine made was used at Strutts Cotton Mill. Belper.

This machine was invented by Sir Marc Isambard Brunell (1769-1849) in 1802. Before that time cotton and linen thread were sold in skeins.

The thread is carried round the ball by means of the flyer and at each revolution is laid in a different place owing to the slow rotation of the spindle, which is connected with the flyer through worm gearing. The inclination of the spindle can be adjusted by the hand lever to control the shape of the ball produced.

Details

Category:
Textiles Machinery
Object Number:
1858-20
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), complete, cotton (thread), felt, iron and mahogany (wood)
Measurements:
overall (including handle): 315 mm x 630 mm x 305 mm, Wt. 10kg Est.
type:
winding machine - thread
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Lady Hawes.

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