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1837 Thorp's Patent Model of a Loom Shuttle Tongue

1837 Thorp's Patent Model of a Loom Shuttle Tongue

Loom Shuttle Tongues Patent Model
Patent No. 162, issued April 17, 1837
Comfort B. Thorp of Smithfield, Rhode Island
Comfort Thorp, the younger brother of textile machinery inventor John Thorp, worked for Thomas and William Fletcher in their mill near North Providence. His patent improved the method of securing and holding the cop, or yarn cylinder, on the common power loom shuttle, preventing slips that would waste yarn and cause imperfections in the woven cloth.
The patent model he submitted contained two types of tongues. One used a common round tongue with wire spiraled around it. The other consisted of a tongue with ridges or notches similar to the teeth of a saw blade. The two loom shuttle tongues were neatly exhibited in a box, probably to keep them from being separated or lost in the cases at the Patent Office.
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Object Name
Loom Shuttle Tongues
loom shuttle tongue patent model
Object Type
Patent Model
model constructed
before 1837-04-17
patent date
Thorp, Comfort B.
associated place
United States: Rhode Island, Smithfield
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
patent number
Patent Models
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Patent Models
Patent Models, Textile Machinery
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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