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Net-making machine, c 1870.

Net-making machine, c 1870.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


A hand net-braiding machine made by Helyer Bridport, of Dorset, based on a design by James Paterson of Muselburgh, Scotland dating from 1820. Paterson modified his design in 1835 to produce the same knot as is used in hand-made netting. This type of machine, which required skill and strength to operate, was last used in 1951.

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