After sorting and washing and drying, a small amount of oil was added to the wool to aid processing and prepare for combing.
The use of oil in worsted manufacture at Lumb's played a significant part not only in the quality of the yarn but also in the
company's competitiveness in the 1970s.
Two types of combing machine are illustrated here.
Top: A Noble comb, an astonishing piece of design and engineering.
Bottom: A French or rectilinear comb.
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