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Silk reeling machine, ca. 1830

Contributed by Jacqueline Field through Maine Historical Society

Silk reeling machine, ca. 1830

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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.

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  • 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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(207) 774-1822

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