hand made - Machine (1) - Wood, Metal

hand made - Machine (1) - Wood, Metal
Bulgaria - First half 18th century

The machine consists of a wooden frame under which are lined up the following:
1. Front shaft of the apron
2. An apron – a fabric under which the wool is put
3. A box for the wool – placed exactly under the apron
(   Measures  )  Dimensions:
Width  -   940  mm
Length   - 1085 mm
4. Rear shaft of the apron
All the shafts are made of wood
5. Two receiving shafts, placed one under another with sharp metal cam – gears, to receive the wool from the apron.
6. Metal shaft with a great number of metal cam-gears, receiving the wool from the previous ones. It hands over the wool from “a tambour”
7. Tambour – the biggest shaft, covered with a great number metal needles.
Diameter: 930 mm
8. 4 numbers  small shaft with the same metal needles; diameter 80 mm; length – 960 mm
9. 4 numbers “workers” (bigger shaft)   diameter – 160 mm; length – 950 mm.  They are placed behind the small shaft
10. Brush – it has long metal peaks points with a diameter 200 mm
11. Medium shaft – diameter 80 mm
12. Last transmitting shaft with a great number of metal needles – diameter 470 mm
13. Separator for the wool – diameter 120 mm; length  1060 mm
14. Pressure shaft – diameter 60 mm ; length  1060 mm
15. Shaft for the ready production (it is wooden) diameter – 470 mm ; length – 1040 mm
16. Metal chain, which includes all rollers around the “tambour”
17. 5 numbers small straps
18. 1 big strap, called  “sheitan”
19. 1 crank for running the machine
20. Whole width of the machine – 1700mm
Whole length  -  3200 mm
The machine can be transported after taking the shaft down and then they are placed in certain order according to their numbers. After that they may be regulated.
The machine is hand-made without any specified time of its manufacture. It was used by 4 generations and there is a doubt for its usage during Turkish slavery (around 1820-1860 year)

Lot details
No. of items
Metal , Wood
Manufacturer/ Brand
hand made
Estimated Period
First half 18th century
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
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