New Old Loom

I picked up a little convertible table/floor loom today. Like my other 3 looms (4H counterbalance, 8H Macomber, and rigid heddle), I picked it up for a song, and it hasn’t been used in decades. It needs work, quite a bit of it, to bring it back to life. My goal is to make it be a terrific loom to bring to shows to demonstrate. Or to workshops.

First I have to learn a bit more about it. So I’m posting a mess of photos here and a few on Weavolution in hopes that someone can give me some info & pointers. Someone will recognize this loom, I’m sure of it.

This is all that’s left of the original label on the castle. If you look closely you can make out where the word LOOM was, but I’ll be darned if I know who the maker was.
loom tag

It has some interesting features. For instance, you can see that there are 3 pegs for beater position. Allows for the best positioning of beater to fell line.
beater pegs

If used as a table loom, the levers are on the side, and have a sweet little indent on the tip of each lever.
side levers closed

And here’s a shot of one lever open.
side lever open

Here’s a really bad shot of the lamms, not attached, obviously, for when it’s used as a floor loom. When the lamms are hooked up, they are IMMEDIATELY beneath the castle. That seemed odd to me, but it’s appears that it’s correct based on some hooks on the lamms and bolts on the castle frame. Didn’t get a shot of either, but I can if that’d help anyone with identification.
lamms on floor

The lamms hook onto these loops with clips on the lamm cords.
where lamms hook

The 6 treadles are each drilled with four rows of three holes each. Lots of tie up possibilities.
treadle tie holes

Here’s a shot of the top of the loom. Interestingly, they have a loop & knot after the cord passes over the second set of wooden rollers (probably not the correct terminology).
top knots

It seems to me that the castle is meant to fold. Otherwise there wouldn’t be these slits and wing nuts. The castle also sits on pegs.
side slit outer

But I haven’t been able to make it fold. I took the bolts & nuts all the way out and I could sure lift the castle up and move it, but couldn’t see a way that it could move in a way that would allow the bolt to be in place.

So do you know this little sweetie? If so, I’d love to hear from you. Even if you don’t, you might have some experience that’d give you insights into such things as cleaning. Start with Murphys Oil Soap, let it dry well & go to Danish Oil? Cord replacement – Texsolv? Other?

Thanks for your help!

3 comments to New Old Loom

  • Wendy

    Hi! Congratulations on your Missouri loom. About 5 years ago, I was re-bitten by the weaving bug, which actually turned out to be the loom bug. I was on craigslist, and saw an ad in St.Louis (I lived in Texas), and since I was planning a trip that way, stopped off and bought my first loom, which was a missouri loom. After I learned more about looms, I became a bit of a loom snob. I now live in Taiwan and had to sell most of my weaving stuff, including that little loom. Now that I’ve been here a year and a half….the one possession I wish I would have stored that I didn’t was that loom. I really liked it…aesthetically and functionally. I didn’t use it as a table loom, but got it hooked up so that it would work. I can’t remember who I sold it to either….I’d buy it back in a heart beat.
    Enjoy yours!

    • Peg Cherre

      Thanks, Wendy. You’re the second person who has ID’d my loom for me — I got an email from a woman named Paula today, and will do some more research to learn more about this little sweetie.

  • Penny Cook

    Hi Peg ~ Thank you so much for posting your Missouri Loom information! I got one free (yes, free) at our local thrift store. Thanks to your “Can you identify this loom?” post on Weavolution I have discovered more about mine. I also found The Weaver’s Friend website you talked about and have requested a copy of the manual. I have always been intrigued by looms and their creations and look forward to trying my hand at it. Thank you again for sharing your information so that I could identify my new handcraft treasure!
    Penny :O)

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