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Wilson and Co (Barnsley)

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Wilson and Co of Beevor Works, Barnsley and 15 Market Street, Manchester.

1852 Company established.

1887 Exhibited samples of Bobbins, Tubes, Spools, Pirns, &c., with patented appliances for strengthening the same.

1892 Incorporated as a Limited Company.

1914 Bobbin Manufacturers. Speciality: High-class Bobbins, shielded and enamelled for conditioning, used in the Spinning and Manufacture of Cotton, Wool, Silk and all Textiles. [1]

1924 "Messrs. WILSON & CO. BARNSLEY LTD., of Barnsley, have an established reputation since 1852 as makers of high-class bobbins of all kinds used for the spinning and manufacture of cotton, wool, silk, artificial silk, flax and other fibres.

They have constantly introduced improvements for strengthening such bobbins, and at present apply special forms of metal shields, caps, slot protectors, rings or tips to ensure long life and durability. For example, their patent lockfast shield, with its waved corrugated edge applied to long and short collar cardroom tubes, considerably strengthens and stiffens both shield and bobbin and ensures permanent security of shield to bobbin. This question of permanent security of metal shields, caps and protectors to wood bobbins is everywhere of first importance and is specially beneficial to the life and satisfactory working of the bobbin under varying temperatures and climates such as India and other countries abroad.

To ring weft pirns patent "Lockfast," "Climax" and" Barbed" shields can be applied to the foot, and a patent " Lockfast " corrugated tip at nose. To ring doubler or twist and other bobbins the firm's improved patent " Shnplex " slot protector is applied, and it is claimed to be thoroughly efficient and permanently secure in the bobbin, it does not weaken the flange, and causes minimum wear of the spindle braids. Patent "Lockfast " caps, patent " Simplex " or " Acme " slot protectors, combined with metal hoops on bottom flange, are applied to every description of ring, cap or flyer spinning and twist bobbin.

In constructed bobbins with double flanges, such as warping, winding, roving, gassing, etc., as illustrated, solid " Barbed " steel, brass or era-metal flange protectors or binders are applied, breakage or opening of the flanges is practically impossible and permanent smooth edges are secured. The inner edges of the flange protectors when " folded " prevent any danger of the metal rising up, or presenting a sharp cutting edge to catch the yarn or cut the fingers of the operatives.

The " Climax " method of applying shields to rabbeth and other ring bobbins renders them positively secure, impossible to loosen, turn round or pull off the bobbin, and it is claimed, where enamelled or conditioning bobbins are employed, this type of shield offers many advantages. It is absolutely fast on the bobbin, and there is never abrasion or rubbing off of the enamel."[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. 1924 British Empire Exhibition: Cotton Textile Industry