A woman who is now in a retirement home donated her Nilus Leclerc 45″ Fanny loom to the Manitoba Weavers which had been in storage. I was asked if I could find hardware for it since these had become lost. I said that I would be glad to see what I could do so my wife brought it home six hours north from Winnipeg when she returned from a work engagement there. In transit she discovered that it has a strong odour, which I suspect is from smoking? We put it in storage in a protected shed for now and once winter sets in I will bring it in a piece at a time and reassemble and refurbish it. All of the parts of the frame itself look to be present.
The finish on the wood will have to be stripped and refinished. Overall it is mechanically in good shape, but the finish is worn in many places from numerous causes.
The reeds are rusted and will be discarded; the heddles are in fine shape.
This is what a Leclerc Fanny looks like when it is properly assembled. I suggested that if the project comes out well that someone donate a reed and then that the club raffle it off?
On Friday I bought, disassembled, and loaded a 45″ Leclerc Fanny loom into my car…
Wire heddles, it is in near-mint condition. It came with three reeds. Their asking price was $350. I gave them an extra $100 because of the reeds and condition and they felt good about that…I told them that I thought that their price was too low. Just another addition to our production capacity here on the farm…
If you have any Caucasian genetics then those ancestors came from some other place; some came earlier than others. In the early 1900’s the Canadian government was eager to have the prairie opened to agriculture. They appealed to American farmers to do this. Ten’s of thousands found a new home as Canadians.
Today I found the original documents to this loom, complete with a mailing address. And by spending a few minutes on the internet I was able to find out that this loom was a part of the story of that migration in the early 1900’s. By simply typing names, towns, and dates into Google search I was able to find this: Of the original owners of the loom, he was born in southeast Minnesota in 1901; she was born in south central Minnesota in 1904. These two were married in Canada in 1928, at what would be home to them and their three children. I’d assume that they had come to this region of Saskatchewan with their respective families as dependents, since her maiden name is well represented in that region. They had three children born in the early 1930’s. Then in 1957 they bought this loom. It would have been at the time when their children had left home. How long they had it I cannot tell. But I do know that they paid $117.75 for it brand new since it has flat heddles. How it ended up in northern Saskatchewan with its last owner unable to tell me any of its history I was not able to find out. But that the machine was well-used is certain, and then that it was stored in a place where it was exposed to higher humidity and even some water damage is evident on its metal work and a couple of its lower wooden members. I even know the name of the weaving club down there. And the last thing I know about it is that it now it resides in northern Manitoba and that I hope to get a couple of decades more of work out of it… :)
This afternoon I unwrapped the loom, took photos so that I could reassemble it, and took it apart so that I could get it through the door. Basically, it is in very good, workable shape. It’s a 45″ Nilus Leclrec Mira. You can tell that it has had some real work done on it, but it is still solid, and not been abused. I will strip its finish since it shows some wear, and put a new finish on it over the next several days. Then I will find a place for it and assemble it here.