Paget, Arthur

SUBJECT AREA: Textiles
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fl. 1850s Loughborough, England
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English inventor of one of the first circular, power-driven knitting machines.
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The family firm of Paget's of Loughborough was of long standing in hosiery manufacture. They were well aware of the importance of modernizing their factory with the latest improvements in machinery, as well as developing their own inventions. They discovered Marc Brunel's circular knitting machine c.1844 and constructed many on that principle, with modifications that performed very well. Arthur Paget took out three patents. The first, was in 1857, was for making the machine self-acting so that it could be driven by power. In his patent of 1859 he introduced modifications on the earlier patent, and his third patent, in 1860, described further alterations. These machines produced excellent work with speed and accuracy.
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Bibliography
1857, British patent no. 930.
1859, British patent no. 830.
1860, British patent no. 624.
Further Reading
W.Felkin, 1967, History of the Machine-wrought Hosiery and Lace Manufactures, reprint, Newton Abbot (orig. pub. 1867) (includes a description of Paget's inventions).
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Biographical history of technology. - Taylor & Francis e-Librar. . 2005.

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