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Stocking frame or knitting machine

1750-1825
Origin: England
OH: 64 1/2"
Wood, iron, steel, and leather.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1993-80,1
Stocking frame or knitting machine; fine gauge (26 needles to the inch) originally intended for the production of men's and women's silk stockings.
Label:Stocking makers used frames or knitting machines like this one to produce flat panels of knitted fabric that were seamed to form stockings. These complex machines have a multitude of precision parts--over one thousand in this example. Stocking frames were in use in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the "stocking manufactory" by the 1770s.
Provenance:Peta Flint, Nottingham, England