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A Voyage to the Islands Madera -Ginn Cotton

A Voyage to the Islands Madera -Ginn Cotton

Author: Sloane, Hans

Medium: Engraving

Date: 1707

Shelfmark: 38.f.4 Volume 2

Item number: Tab 90

Length: 47.1

Width: 50.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This illustration of a Ginn cotton machine is taken from Sir Hans Sloane?s ?A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, St. Christophers, and Jamaica?.? The Ginn was used to separate the seeds from the cotton fibres, a process which was very time consuming if carried out by hand. The machine consisted of three large cylinders or rollers with small grooves carved into them. As the cotton was fed through the cylinders the seeds, which were too large for the grooves, were forced out.

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