1838 Holland's Doubling and Twisting Silk Machine

Spinning, Doubling, and Twisting Silk Machine Patent Model
Patent No. 977, issued on October 10, 1838
Harrison Holland of Northampton, Massachusetts
The central part of Holland’s patent concerned the stop motion mechanism on a silk thread making machine. If a thread broke, a small rod, connected to each of the threads by bent wires, would drop. A lever, to which the rod was attached, would come in contact with the drum and then stop the machine by throwing it out of gear. Also included in the patent was a method to change the twist of the silk thread by using a short cylinder.
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Patent model
silk spinner patent model
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before 1838-10-10
patent date
Holland, Harrison
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Northampton
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Patent Models
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Janssen, Barbara Suit. Patent Models Index

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