Cord twister's frame with spinning wheel: late 19th century
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Cord twister's frame with spinning wheel. By the late 19th century, London's silk weaving industry had almost completely moved to provincial factories. The silk weavers who remained around Bethnal Green specialised in narrow weaving – braids, ribbons, cords, and dress and upholstery trimmings. The trade survived on contract work, supplying customers who required only short lengths of a particular design. Sindall's Silk Trimming factory was established in Dalston in 1864. During the early 20th century, the company became one of London's last surviving manufacturers of silk cord and braids.This machine was linked to a frame at the end of the workshop. Long silk threads would be walked from the machine to the end frame and then twisted by the spinning action of the machine.
1865 AD - 1900 AD