Hand Carder (Cotton Card)


This is a wool carder owned by the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 18th and 19th century. The carding process is part of preparing wool for spinning into yarn. Wool is brushed between two hand carders (see DL*006833.02) to align fibers in the same direction. The wool is rolled off the carder into a rolag and then spun.

The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.

Date Made: late 19th century1804 - 1813

User: Copp Family

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, LeicesterPlace Used: United States: Connecticut, Stonington

Subject: Household Tools and EquipmentTextile Processing and ProductionQuakers


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Copp Collection


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Credit Line: Gift of John Brenton Copp

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.006833.01Accession Number: 28810Catalog Number: 6833.01

Object Name: carder, hand

Physical Description: beech (board; handle material)leather (carding cloth; tacking strips material)wire, steel (teeth material)Measurements: overall: 9 1/2 in x 9 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in; 24.13 cm x 25.0825 cm x 3.175 cmcarding surface (across teeth only): 3 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 1/4 in; 8.255 cm x 22.225 cm x .635 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-7af6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1456170

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