Antique wooden miniature textile weaving loom apprentice piece by Frederick Riley Bancroft (1872 - 1939) of Oxenhope, Yorkshire, UK. This is a perfect scaled model, made in 1885 by Bancroft, when he put himself through night school to acquire his First Class diploma in Elementary Stage of Machine Construction from the Science and Art Department South Kensington. The amazing fact about that was that he was only 13 years old. This formed part of his practical exam. His family was prominent in the textile Industry and ran a worsted spinning business in Oxenhope from Charles Mill for over 150 years. Not only is this the cutest thing, but it is a museum piece with historical importance to the industrial revolution and textile industries. This is a model, I don’t know if it’s functional as I wouldn’t know where to begin to test it. A textile museum piece with solid provenance and is a one of a kind item. The design is so Detailed. One section shows signs of an old mend but other than that it’s in excellent condition for it’s age. Dimensions: Width: 430mm Depth: 380mm Height: 340mm Weight: 1.95kg FREE POSTAGE & INSURANCE.
ANTIQUE APPRENTICE PIECE MINIATURE WEAVING LOOM c1885