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British Sock Machines

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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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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Foster Star

Another extremely rare machine from the UK The foster Star has a unique row counter which is the numbers 0 to 10 cast into the crank. To activate the counter one only has to undo the crank wing nut move the crank around to 0 tighten the crank and each time you turn the handle…

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Victoria Compound

The Victoria Compound machine was the ultimate machine around the turn of the century and had many features like its capability to house compound cylinders and Ribbers.  

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Harrison Semi Automatic

The Harrison is not only extremely rare but it is quite unique as the first British machine to tackle the issue of automatic heel making and pre dates the Canadian Verdun by several years.

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