Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery / News / Wed 07 Jul 2021

Display of 'Linen testers'

Display of 'Linen testers'

Some people collect the oddest things: Bushey Museum is currently displaying a collection of thread counters, also known as linen testers. Over many years Christopher Jordan has collected these items. Their purpose is in the name: a quality control device to check the number of 'warp and weft' threads in a piece of fabric. They were also - and still are - used in the printing and photographic trade for quality control. They come in all shapes and sizes, with fixed or sliding lenses: most are unmarked, but some have the name of the maker, country and place where they were made, others the retailer or the cloth factory that bought them, or maybe scratched with the owners’ name. Do come and see!

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