L2015.1042.016 Wooden Rod; overall
  • L2015.1042.016 Wooden Rod; overall
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Tool (for textiles)

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  • Place of Origin:

    Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

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  • Materials:

    Oak, red; Iron; Jute; Cotton

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Object Number


Object Name

Tool (for textiles)



Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase with funds provided by Mrs. Jeanne L. Asplundh

Place of Origin

Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Origin Notes

Likely made in Berks, Montgomery, or Bucks County.




Oak, red; Iron; Jute; Cotton

Dimensions (inches)

2.5 (H) , 48.5 (L) , 36.5 (W)

Dimensions (centimeters)

6.35 (H) , 123.19 (L) , 92.71 (W)

Measurement Notes

Note that the width is the total width of the object when the rope between the oak beams is unraveled.

Object Description

Web - 12/16/2016

This rod with hooks is came to Winterthur with a loom that was used in southeastern Pennsylvania for over two hundred years. This tool is used to start a new warp from an extant set of gears. The smaller beam is placed in a slot in the loom's cloth beam while the other section is hooked over the wooden dowel woven into the gears. The weaver can then add tension to the new warp and draw it into position by turning the cloth beam, shortening the rope and pulling the old warp away from the gears and drawing the new warp towards the reed.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Pritchard, M. E. 1954 A Short Dictionary of Weaving: Including Some Spinning, Dyeing and Textile Terms and a Beginner's Guide to Weaving and Dyeing. 196.

[Book] Worst, Edward F. 1974 Weaving with Foot-power Looms. 275.