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Hackles and Gill Pins

Q Trade card of Thomas Robinson, Swinegate, Leeds - printed on card embossed by Dobbs, circa 1850s. Does anyone know what are Hand and Machine Hackles and Gill Pins?


A Hackles are/were combs used in the preparation of flax for weaving, and as Leeds was the centre of the wool trade may be wool as well.

Graeme Cruickshank



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