Tape Loom

Date: ca. 1800

A tape loom was used to make tape, or ribbon.  Tapes were used to tie back curtains and fasten shoes and clothing.  They were also used as edge decorations on other textiles, and as garters for socks.  Tape looms came in many forms, and were designed to sit on tabletops or be held in laps.  This one is walnut, and has a dovetailed case.  There are sixteen openings, called heddle slots, along the center plank.  The plank also has seventeen holes across its center and between the slots, and this is for the warp.  After the tape was woven, it was wound around a spool at one end of the case.

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Medium: Walnut

Dimensions: H: 19 1/2 x W: 20 x D: 10 1/4 in.

Place: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.807

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Walnut , Loom , Ribbon , Tape , Shenandoah

Purchased in 2001.