Kay's wire carding machine, late 19th century.
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Kay's wire carding machine, late 19th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Carding is the combing and disentanglement of fibres prior to subsequent spinning proceses. The fibres are pased between a series of rollers covered in projecting steel wires which rotate at different speeds, blending and refining the fibres into a higher quality product known as 'roving', which can then be spooled and finally spun into thread.
 

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10322658
 

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