Silk reeling machine, ca. 1830
Contributed by Jacqueline Field through Maine Historical Society
An illustration of a silk reeling machine appears in The Cabinet Cyclopaedia book on "Useful Arts, A Treatise on the Origin, Progressive Improvement, and Present State of Silk Manufacture," published in London in 1831.
This reeler has a charcoal heater under the hot-water basin. The reeler is an example of the type of mechanical improvements ongoing in the 1830s.
The letter "A" refers to a copper boiler about 18 inches long and six inches deep with a charcoal fire under it. "BB" is a wooden frame to support several parts of the reel. "D" is the reel on which the silk will be wound. "bc" is the wheel-work.
- Title: Silk reeling machine, ca. 1830
- Creation Date: circa 1830
- Subject Date: circa 1830
- Media: Ink on paper
- Object Type: Image
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