Power loom, 1851.

Power loom, 1851.
Power loom manufactured by J. Harrison and Son and fitted with the loose reed emergency stop mechanism of 1842. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ina part of the displays entitled 'Machinery in Motion', and subsequently modified by the makers with design changes up to 1858. These types of loom were a major advance over the handlooms used before. In 1825, a weaver using a hand loom could weave only about 100 yards of cloth a week, while a power loom could weave 250 yards. Power looms were assembled in the weaving shed of a mill and driven by a steam engine by belts from overhead shafting.
 
Currently on display in:
Making the Modern World
Year made :
1851-1858
Inventory number :
1858-5