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Object Name Loom
Catalog Number 1977.5
Maker Watson, Andrew
Date ca. 1850
Material(s) Wood/Reed
Dimensions H-58 W-61 D-64.75 inches
Description This is a four harness barn frame rocker type loom. It is mortise and tenon construction/ There are two crossbeams that form the feet. The rear posts have rounded tops and the front posts are mortised into a breast beam. There is an 8" diameter octagonal warp beam that rests in a cutout in the middle cross beams with a half-width board pegged on top. There is a cloth beam with a ratchet on the right proper side mortised into the middle crossbeam in front of the rocker. The rear transverse beam supports a box which pins three treadles with a space for a fourth. There is a rocker-type beater bar. "Swords" are pinned into the crossbeams through rockers, otherwise typical sley, reed, and batten fit over the swords. The top rollers are mortised into the rounded tops of the posts in the middle.
Notes This loom is from the Louisa, Kentucky area. A letter from the donor, David G. Caines, says that he acquired the loom from his wife's great aunt, Mrs. Clyde Smith, from Louisa, Kentucky. According to other information in the accession file, the donor's wife, Libby, inherited the loom from her great grandmother, Mary Smith, who died in 1948 at the age of 97. The loom is thought to have been built by Mary's father, Andrew Watson, but it is uncertain if that is true. Many of the family antiques (including the loom) were sold during hard times. Mary spent her later years buying them back. The family thought this was the loom Andrew Watson built. Watson migrated to Kentucky from Shenandoah, Virginia, in the mid-1800s.
Collection David G. and Elizabeth Caines Collection
People Watson, Andrew
Subjects Looms
Weaving
Textiles
Search Terms Lawrence County (Ky.)
Louisa (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS