Self-acting' cotton winding loom

AnonymousCirca 1850 - 1860

Musée des arts et métiers

Musée des arts et métiers

The ‘self-acting’ mule, an improvement of the mule jenny, automated the return of the carriage, previously pushed back by hand, using a system of levers and finely adjusted counterweights. The loom winds the yarn onto a spindle, stretching it and creating its principal torsion. The loom then assembles several of these strands, twisting them again to produce yarn of the desired thickness. This scale model was made by the machine makers Dobson & Barlow in the textile-manufacturing town of Bolton near Manchester. It was acquired by the Conservatoire in 1863.

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  • Title: Self-acting' cotton winding loom
  • Creator: Anonymous
  • Date: Circa 1850 - 1860
  • Date Created: Circa 1850 - 1860
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Physical Dimensions: 1:10 scale model
  • Provenance: Musée des arts et métiers
  • Contributor: Author: Anne-Laure Carré. English translation: David Wharry
  • Inventory number: Inv. 07175
  • Credits: © Musée des arts et métiers-Cnam/photo Sylvain Pelly