Machine, Knitting

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Circa 1950s
A Knitmaster 4500 knitting machine. The rectangular metal and plastic machine is designed to sit on a flat surface and features a Needle Bed and Cam Box fitted with a tension control, counter and handle. " Knitmaster Made " It is accompanied by a manual, several pattern books, four tools and a maroon coloured carry case which does not appear to have been specifically designed for it. " Knitmaster / MODEL / 4500 / 100 % British Made / BRITISH PATENT NO. 714426 " is marked on an oval plaque on the back of the machine. " R111295 " is stamped on the same plaque.
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Circa 1950s
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This knitting machine was bought by the Low family of New Plymouth from Champions Ltd, "The Wool Shop" which was on 43 Devon Street, New Plymouth during the 1950s. It was used extensively for family knitting by Jessie Low for many years. In simple terms the machine works by the user laying wool across the needle heads and running the mobile cam box, which is fitted with a handle across the needle bed. Each time the cam box is passed across the needle bed in one direction then a complete row is knitted.
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