Arched crest with three projecting half-circles carved with curve-sided devices, crest carved with "S" and circle motif, concentric band of dots and half "flower" device; over pierced loom section which is flanked by carved scalloped border; base is baluster-shaped carved with foliate scrolls, grooves and flowerhead; plain square maple foot.
Tape looms were used by weavers, men or women, who held the looms between their knees as they worked. The looms produced strips of fabric called tapes roughly an inch wide, that could be ornamental or plain, and were used for everything from garters to binding. Like the carved box nearby, the tape loom is part of a group of carved seventeenth-century objects that is thought to be the product of two joiners who worked in Ipswich, Massachusetts, in the second half of the seventeenth century, William Searle (1611-1667) and Thomas Dennis (1638-1706). Dennis probably trained with Searle in Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, England, before the two immigrated to New England.
Attributed to Dennis, Thomas, 1638 C-1706 (Maker)
Possibly Searle, William
NFL jelly label in red ink at side of base: ""18.19 [old accession number] Tape loom attributed to Thomas Dennis of Ipswich 17th century"".
- Location of origin
- Ipswich, MA, USA
- Associated Building
- Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
- Object type
- Textileworking T&E
Massachusetts (United States)
- Descriptive terms
looms (textile tools)
- 32 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 9 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little