Brush for cleaning textile mill machinery

Made:
1880-1940 in Rochdale
Brush, used to clean textile machinery. Brush, used to clean textile machinery. Brush, used to clean textile machinery.

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Brush, used to clean textile machinery.
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Brush, used to clean textile machinery.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Brush, used to clean textile machinery.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hand held wooden brush, used for sweeping cotton dust from machines and floors in a textile mill.

The cotton dust, or 'fly', which accumulated on machines and floors in a textile mill was a fire hazard, so cleanliness was paramount. Brushes like these were used to sweep floors and clean between machine parts, sometimes whilst they were in motion. Before laws progressively banned work for children in Britain's cotton industry, the smallest child workers, nicknamed scavangers, carried out this work.

Details

Category:
Textile Industry
Object Number:
YINP741.1.1
Materials:
hair and wood (unidentified)
type:
brush
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment