Trimming Machine - England, circa 1900-1972 Object Reg. No: SH 931302

Trimming Machine manufactured in England some time between 1900 and 1972. It was used by visually impaired workers to trim pile on mats in matmaking workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. Originally the machine was steam powered but was converted to electricity with exhaust system attached in the 1980s to ease use.
Large piece of machinery with exhaust pipe extending out of triangular metal hood at top. Below hood is rectangular lid which lifts to reveal trimming blades. In front of lid is wooden surface. Behind this, and under the blades, is a spiked roller which draws mats through machine. On left hand side of machine is a blue metal cage around pulley and lever. On right hand side is a blue metal hood which encloses electrics. Below hood is on/off switch. On right side (below hood and in front of switch) is hand turned wheel used before electric conversion. Machine is supported on iron frame on each side. Under wooden surface, at bottom of machine, is a wooden and chipboard ramp where trimmed mats are ejected from machine.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 250.00 cm (Height), 159.00 cm (Width), 242.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Exhaust pipe measures approx. 80cm from top of hood (included in overall dimensions).

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Tagged with: working life, industries, disability organisations, sheltered workshops, visual impairment, textile manufacturing machinery
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: occupational therapy tools & equipment
Inscriptions: On electric switch, right hand side of machine "Telematique".
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, 1900-1972
Place & Date Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970-1992
References: Malcolm Fraser - R.V.I.B. Factory workshop supervisor; Tom Jennings - R.V.I.B. Factory worker

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