Flying shuttle

Made:
1920-1960
Wooden flying shuttle with central metal bobbin and cotton yarn, c.1920 - 1960. From Elm Street Mill, Burnley. Engraved

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Wooden flying shuttle with central metal bobbin and cotton yarn, c.1920 - 1960. From Elm Street Mill, Burnley. Engraved
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Wooden flying shuttle with pirn of cotton yarn, c.1920 - 1960. From Elm Street Mill, Burnley. Engraved on one side with a patent number: 753 328

Shuttles like these were essential to Britain’s cotton industry. A shuttle carries yarn – the weft – back and forth across a loom, weaving cloth as it passes over and under the warp threads. From the early 19th century armies of mill workers followed the shuttles on their power looms back and forth, deftly catching them and replacing spent spools to keep the loom running and contracting chronic diseases from ‘kissing the shuttle’ to suck thread through the eyehole.

Details

Category:
Textile Industry
Object Number:
Y1968.6.2/5
Materials:
cotton (fibre), metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
type:
shuttle (textile working equipment)
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment
credit:
Gift of William Melland