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British Sock Machines

Leicester

The Leicester is one of the rarest CSM’s to be found with only four documented findings this one was destined to be a boat anchor until it was rescued in Wollongong Australia by Beb Alchin and donated to our Museum by Deb.

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The Nittol

The Nittol is a unique and rare machine, note the rocker action V Cam. This machine also came as a compound model and was made in the United Kingdom.

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Harrison Sun

The Harrison Sun was produced for the home market and is a smooth to operate machine as usual Harrison the best of British.

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English Beehive

The English Autoknitter came out with several different names and was exported widely around the world in the antipodies it was known as The Beehive in France a version was called La Semesie, made of milled cast iron this machine was a work horse for the home knitter with it’s easy to use row counter…

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AKMC Automatic Knitting Machine company.

The AKMC is another wonderful British machine with a lot of innovations to make it’s operation easier for users, it has a system of two rollers one on the ribber stopper and the other on the dial lug these rollers allow the fabric to take down far easier than other machines resulting in less weight…

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Harrison Production machine

Built like the proverbial British out house this machine was use in factories and was eventually motorised to speed up the procss.

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Beehive Before And After.

Beehive sometimes known as The English autoknitter before restoration, these machines were a vast improvement on the American and canadian autoknitters  as they were made from cast iron  rather than the pot metal used elsewhere.  

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English Quiknit

The Blue English Quiknit is a rare machine made by The Burridge Company very few of these have survived. This is the machine I used as a base design for the current NZ Quiknit where we have used a ramping system for raising needles making them nearly impossible to wear out.

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Griswold Circa 1880 / 1890 Small Cylinder

A lovely three and a quarter Griswold machine comes with 3 ribbers and 3 cylinders, this is the smallest of the Griswold range the other modls being 4.5 and 5.5 inch cylinders. The best of british workmanship went into these machines.

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Harrison 3.5 inch

Harrison 3.5 inch once again the best of British craftsmanship and dare I say even better than the Griswold.

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