A Treatise on the Origin, Progressive Improvement, and Present State of the Silk Manufacture
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831. Excerpt: ... CHAP. V. PROGRESS MADE IN ENGLAND IN THE MANUFACTURE OF AND TRADE IN SILK. EARLIEST RECORDS OF THE INTRODUCTION OF SMALL WARES. OF BROAD SILKS. REVOCATION OF THE EDICT OF NANTES. ROYAL LUSTRING COMPANY. TREATY OF UTRECHT. COMMERCIAL TREATY WITH FRANCE. INTRODUCTION OF THROWING MACHINERY AT DERBY FROM PIEDMONT. DISTRESS OF WEAVERS. THEIR TUMULTUARY PROCEEDINGS PROHIBITORY LAWS. SPITALFIELDS ACT. BENGAL SILK. REDUCTION OF DUTIES. REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIONS ON FOREIGN IMPORTATIONS. REPEAL OF SPITALFIELDS ACTS.--GREAT EXTENSION OF SILK MANUFACTURE. IMPROVEMENTS. COMPARATIVE AMOUNT OF TRADE. SMUGGLING. COST OF MANUFACTURING IN FRANCE AND ENGLAND. DUTIES AND DRAWBACKS. The earliest historical notice of the silk manufacture in England is contained in an act of parliament, passed in the year 1363 (37 Edward III. cap. 5. and 6.), to restrict different artificers, merchants, and shopkeepers to the manufacture of or trading in one particular kind of goods, according to their own choice, which they were required to make and declare by a certain day named in the act, and in which extraordinary restriction especial exception is made in favour of female brewers, bakers, weavers, spinsters, and other women employed upon works in wool, linen, or silk, in embroidery, &c But this manufacture must have been of little importance, and appears to have made very slow progress, since in the year 1454, nearly a century later, a law was passed (33 Hen. VI. cap. 5.) for the protection of the silk women of London against the importation, for five years, of foreign articles, which were enumerated and described as similar to those manufactured by them; such articles comprising only small wares, such as "twined-ribands, chains, or girdles," This prohibition was further continuecl and exten...
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