American Patent Model of a Knitting Machine by Joseph Hollen, 1860
Fostoria (Blair County), Pennsylvania, patented 1. January 1861, No. 31020, with two cherry wood rollers: one grooved and pinned, the other with five steel needles held in place by metal loops, an adjustable thread-carrier set into the upper frame, with brass plaque engraved "J. Hollen" and original patent tag, ht. 9 x wd. 11 ½ x dp. 9 ½ in. The "Journal of the Franklin Institute", July 1831, records an earlier patent for a similar machine submitted by John McMullin and Joseph Hollen Jr. Though the machine manifested "an uncommon degree of ingenuity on the part of the inventor", the author notes that he did not "believe the machine will ever come into general use" (p. 10). The example offered here represents an improvement on a patent granted to Joseph Hollen, proprietor of the successful Hollen Knitting Machine Co., in October 1859. His description notes: "It consists in the peculiar construction and arrangement of devices, as hereinafter described and specified, for lifting the stitches off of hooked needles and giving the required periodical rotary motions to the needle cylinder." The machine consists of a needle cylinder, a presser and a thread-carrier which are vibrated by a cam-operated roller. A rare and early working patent model, in excellent original condition.
Amerikanisches Patentmodell einer Strick maschine, 1860
Patent-Nr. 31020, datiert 1.1.1861, von Joseph Hollen, aus Kirschholz und Stahl, 29 x 24 cm, mit Original-Patent-Schildern.
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