An important miniature Jacquard loom working model, French, circa 1805,
Lot 81
An important miniature Jacquard loom working model, French, circa 1805,
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,808) inc. premium
Lot Details
An important miniature Jacquard loom working model, French, circa 1805,
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most probably the Patent model following Napoleon's grant in early 1805
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with angled pressed brass bracket for hand or engine drive, the main rack of open construction with running wheel locating within roll form for predetermined position of the card block, pinned with four different punched cards held in place by ivory pegs and rotated through 90 degrees-per-rack-turn from double ratchet, the four ranks of 104 steel loom hooks, each sprung from hairpin ends, superstructure of polished mahogany and part rosewood, adjustable rods to major pivot junctions, mounted to the oval mahogany base lined with faded red velvet, under glass dome, on turned feet; with a small carte de visite studio photograph of an unidentified gentleman shown seated beside this very model, unmounted, in circa 1860, shot by Jackson Bros., Oldham; and a small memorandum J. M. Jacquard portrait in silk, unframed and untrimmed - the loom model 6in. (15cm) wide, 9.1/2in. (24cm) high, the dome 14in. (35.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • Reference:
    Jacquard's Web: How a Hand-loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age, James Essinger, 2004

    Only one other type of this working model is known and is labelled as an agent's model. Slight differences between them include the punch-card block seen here using all four faces and having provision for four punch-cards. Universally, the Jacquard designed loom is known to have a loop of many cards which were stitched together to achieve long complex, pictorial and freehand patterns using two-tone coloured threads.
    This four-card model would have the technical means to demonstrate how the loom worked and to create a repetitive pattern.
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