ANTIQUE NEWCOMB LOOM WEAVER HERTZLER ELIZABETHTOWN NJ

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  • Sold Date: Jun 26,2010
  • Channel: Online Auction

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Payment ANTIQUE NEWCOMB LOOM WEAVER HERTZLER ELIZABETHTOWN NJ
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According to the "Journal of the Newcomb Looms Historical Society" and other resources, the Newcomb Loom Company was established Davenport by Charles Newcomb in 1889. The looms themselves were manufactured in Tipton, Iowa (a small town about 40 miles northwest of Davenport), while Mr. Newcomb used Davenport for a distribution point. His orginal three models were the Little Daisy, the Number 3, and the Weaver's Friend. In 1899, he began production of the Weaver's Delight, which quickly became the most popular loom of the company. In 1900, Charles Newcomb resigned from the company to 'enjoy the fruits of his labor' (he had patent rights on all four looms and was quite well off by this time). William Stark appears to have purchased the company and acted as manager, while Charles Pasche became president of the corporation. In 1919, the company was bought by Frank Knierem.

The company published a newsletter ("The Weaver's Monthly") full of weaving tips, stories from weavers, and plenty of advertisements for weaving supplies and (of course) Newcomb Loom equipment, including cutting boards, wide rug looms, and something called a Power Frayer. Newcomb offered many services to their customers, including a 'second owner registry' (people who bought used looms were encouraged to register with Newcomb and receive free assembly and instruction booklets--the company would even send someone out to help with assembly), and assistance in setting up a weaving business. These and other considerations, led the company to peak profits in 1955.

Unfortunately, with the exception of a handcraft revival in the 1960s, the demand for large looms faded. In the early 1980s, high costs, low profits, and Frank Knierem's poor health led the family to close the company. The company wrote a letter to each customer, thanking them for their business. The company sold off its loom pattern molds in 1983. As a quite literal 'tool' this piece is plainly informal and designed in a traditionally minded, purely utilitarian style that has continued to perform well, over the course of the past two centuries.

Excellent assembly, overall: tight, sturdy & ready for your shop, storefront or workspace. It may (or may not) be complete & functional; though it should be noted that a single wood bar appears to have been cracked & repaired ---mentioned for the sake of accuracy, not for aesthetics.

Note that t are some scuffs, scratches & light abrasions that we genuinely consider negligible; typical modest natural wear & soiling. Hand-painted signature (on the canvas-wrapped roller) can be discerned as "Sarah Hertzler Elizabethtown" & the original manufacturer's labels are quite readable as "THE NEWCOMB LOOM CO." and it was actually manufactured about forty miles away from their distributing hub in Davenport.

Purported to have come out of the Hershey Museum in Pennsylvania ---though we have no documentation to accompany this provenance.

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