Felt-makers at work

    Date
    17th century
    Creator
    Robert Hooke (1635 - 1703, British) , Natural philosopher
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Manuscript page number
    p3
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (page): 187mm
    width (page): 297mm
    Subject
    Content object
    clothing
       > accessory
          > hat
    Description
    Illustration of felt-makers at work, accompanying Robert Hooke's paper entitled 'An Account of ye Feltmakers' trade found amongst the late Dr Robert Hookes Papers by Mr R. Waller'.

    The illustration shows five people working on different processes. Fig. 1 shows a slatted table and pile of unworked wool with an instrument called a 'bow'; fig. 2 shows wool being worked on iron plates over a basin of coals; fig. 3 shows the wool being treated with hot water; fig. 4 shows the wool being worked and how the felt-makers 'secure their hands by their cuffs'.
    Transcription
    NB This Draught must not be inverted.

    This is not to be coppyd in the Plate
    Transcribed by the Making Visible project
    Object history
    29 June 1709, 'An Account of Feltmaking by Dr Hook was read. It was found by Mr Waller among his Papers, who was ordered to be thanked' (JBO/11/171).
    Related fellows
    Richard Waller (1660 - 1715, British) , Naturalist
    Robert Hooke (1635 - 1703, British) , Natural philosopher
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ┬ęThe Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.15310
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