Arkwright's Cotton Spinning Machines
Our firm was approached by the Rheinische Industriemuseum,
Ratingen, to produce a complete set of replica machinery for their museum.
This museum preserves what is the oldest factory on the continent, set
up in 1783 - the first fully mechanised cotton spinning mill.
The factory was founded by Elberfeld Gottfried Brugelmann,
who had acquired the new "English spinning machines" from
the factory of their inventor, Richard Arkwright of Cromford Mill in
Derbyshire, England. This information was acquired by the means of "industrial
espionage", using the knowhow of skilled British workers who had
been persuaded to join him.
In all, five machines were made for the museum, two carding
engines, a drawing frame, a complete water frame, and a lantern.