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… :)
Website – http://www.leclerclooms.com
How To Weave – http://www.leclerclooms.com/book/warp&weaveTotal.pdf
‘I Weave, You Weave’ – http://www.leclerclooms.com/book/IWEAVEYOUWEAVE2.htm
Technical Inquiry – http://www.leclerclooms.com/useloom.htm
Catalogue – http://www.leclerclooms.com/cat_leus/2013ca.pdf
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.