Silk machinery, 1758.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Silk machinery, 1758.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Remains of the models of silk machinery introduced from Italy by Sir Thomas Lombe, and two coloured drawings made in the Science Museum. The drawings show the driving frame, upper and lower tier and bobbins. Thomas Lombe applied for an extension of his 1718 patent, and this was the first time in Britain that an extension had been requested; it was refused. An Act of Parliament was later passed granting a reward of £14,000 to Sir Thomas, one of the conditions being that he should deposit a model of his machines in some public institution. The models were made and placed in the Tower of London. This presumably is all that remains. The original mill at Derby using machinery of this type was erected in 1718.

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