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Object Name Machine, Textile Carding
Catalog Number 1991.16
Maker Empire
Date ca. 1890
Material(s) Woodford County
Dimensions H-39.5 W-32 D-48.5 inches
Description This is a hair picker, a textile machine used to card horse hair, moss, and tow. It has a rectangular wooden frame bolted together, with a tub mounted to one end of the frame. There is also a cast iron and wood wheel with spiked tinplate sheets screwed around circumference; the spikes are arranged in a chevron pattern. The outside of the tub is covered with tin. The other half of the frame has a feeder table with raised sides leading to the mouth of the tub.
Notes Used to card and comb horse hair, moss, or tow (course hemp or flax) into batts for upholstery pads for sofas, overstuffed chairs, and carriage seats.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Empire
Subjects carriage making
upholstery tools
horse hair
Search Terms Woodford County
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS