Spinning Wheel, c 18th century.

Fernandes, Iris

 
Spinning Wheel, c 18th century.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

The spinning wheel was a standard piece of equipment in the 18th century home. This wheel is believed to have belonged to Richard Arkwright (1732-1792). Arkwright was the inventor of textile manufacturing machinery, which included the first practical means of mechanical spinning using rollers. The invention of the spinning machine revolutionised the production of yarn and led to rapid mechanisation throughout Britain. Although Arkwright's first installation was worked by a horse, water wheels were generally used, so the spinning machines came to be called water frames.

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