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Harrison Patent Knitting Machine Co

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of 48 Upper Brook Street, Manchester. Branches in London, Birmingham, Leicester and Glasgow. Telephone: Ardwick 3773. Cables: "Patentee, Phone, Manchester"

also of Harrison Knitter Works, 306 Upper Brook Street, Manchester.[1]

1856 Company established by William Harrison.

1887 The first use of photography for press advertising was for Harrison Patent Knitting Machine Co in The Parrot, published in Manchester on 11 November.[2]

1894 Company incorporated.

1908 The company was awarded the highly acclaimed Grand Prix gold medal at the Franco-British exhibition.

During their age of manufacture, Harrison circular knitting machines won 38 awards for superiority of construction and capacity of work. The Harrison Patent Knitting Machine Co was the only English manufacturer of knitting machines to win 10 gold medals for craftsmanship in the knitting machine industry.

The Harrison circular knitting machine was manufactured in Manchester, England by the Harrison Patent Knitting Machine Co Ltd. Harrison knitting machines have the company's emblem conspicuously stamped in their bases. A 42/84 setup came standard with each machine. Cast iron stands, balling machines and large hand winders were available at additional cost. At the turn of the century, the Harrison circular knitting machine underwent a final improvement and was termed the New Sun Circular Knitting Machine.

1929 Advert as Hosiery Machinery Manufacturers, Hand or Power; All Accessory Machines. Hand and Power Knitting Machines, Plain Fabric Multiple Feed Machines, Card Winders, Multiple Bobbin Winders, Brushers, Fancy Design Attachments for Circular Machines, British Patent Fancy Designing Attachment for Flat Machines. (Textiles and Clothing Section - Stand No. S.47)[3]

1934 Patent - Improvements in driving mechanism for machines for winding bobbins or cheeses of yarn, applicable also to other machines.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1905 Advert
  2. Chronomedia
  3. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 185 and p76