Carpet Beating Machine, 1908

This large machine was installed in an upholsterer and cabinet-maker’s shop in North Berwick.

This is a belt driven carpet beater: a central rotating shaft has straps attached to it which beat a carpet as it is fed through a slot in the side of the machine.

Alexander Orr of Edinburgh ran a carpet cleaning business and then started to build machinery to his own patent. He made this one in 1908.

Museum reference:
COTSL-1988-180
Date:
1908
Made by:
Alexander Orr
Place Made:
Edinburgh
On display:
In Storage: Museums
Associated with:
Westgate, North Berwick, Scotland
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