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Shuttle - Matmaking, circa 1950s-1970s Object Reg. No: SH 931299

Wooden Shuttle used by visually impaired workers in the matmaking workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind factory, circa 1950s-1980s. It was used on the weaving frame to pass weft strings between warp strings. David Blythe remembers that it was used in weaving 6 ft. wide hall mats and indoor cricket matting.
Hollowed out wooden handle shaped like a canoe but without sides. Metal rod extends lengthways down shuttle over this hollow.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 6.00 cm (Height), 6.00 cm (Width), 29.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: working life, tools, industries, disability organisations, visual impairment
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: occupational therapy tools & equipment
Place Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s-1980s
References: David Blythe - President Blind Workers Union

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