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Crimping machine, c 1880.

Crimping machine, c 1880.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


When the handle on this crimping machine was turned, the cloth was pushed through the rollers creating the many small pleats popular in Victorian dreses. The rollers were hollow and heated by placing a small hot metal rod inside them. Various sizes of crimping rollers were made to take fabric of different widths.

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