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In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Lancashire was the country's foremost textiles manufacturing centre. Discover objects revealing the key mechanical processes of cloth manufacturing as well as technological advancements in the field.
Box of Coloured Pencils
Box of coloured pencils made by the American Lead Pencil Co., New York.
Truncheon used at Darley Abbey Mills
Truncheon, with hand guard, from Darley Abbey Mills, Derbyshire. Likely used by a night watchperson.
Patent Universal yarn assorting balance No 1 with three templates in leather bound case.
Yarn Balance Case
Blackburn's yarn balance case with weights, made by John Nesbitt Ltd.
Linen Prover leather case
Linen Prover leather case, by Joseph Casartelli & Son Ltd.
Wooden printing roller, c. 1910
Wooden printing roller with iron bearings, three copper/felt leafy patterns on a ring at one end, felt ring in centre and copper/felt ring at other.
Hand printing block by W. Mosedale
Hand printing block by W. Mosedale, c.1905
Bolt end stamp made by T. Whittaker and used by Stavert
Bolt end stamp made by T. Whittaker and used by Stavert, Zigomala & Co.
Textiles printing block
Number 20 printing block, used by Paterson & Zochonis & Co. Ltd, Manchester.
Textile guillotine made by John T. Hardaker Ltd, Bradford.
fabric friction tester
M264 fabric friction tester, made by Shirley Developments Ltd, Stockport, 1997, with associated archive material YA1998.42
Model of a Jacquard loom
Model of a Jacquard loom, made by Henry Halsall, Failsworth, Manchester, c. 1920.
Mechanical Analogue Calculator
Mechanical analogue calculator, made by Burroughs, USA c.1915.
Hattersley and Sons Shuttle
Shuttle, with pirn, made by Hattersley and Sons Ltd, Keighley.
Bolt end stamp used by Stavert
Bolt end stamp used by Stavert, Zigomala & Co. Reads 'CUIDENSE DE IMITACIONES' which translates from Spanish to 'BEWARE OF IMITATIONS'.
Face plate stamp made by John Wild of Bolton
Face plate stamp made by John Wild of Bolton, used by Stavert, Zigomala & Co.
Face plate stamp used by Stavert
Face plate stamp used by Stavert, Zigomala & Co., featuring a shield and three bells design.