This Thomas Wilson Lace Making Machine is entirely composed of metal, presumably cast iron. Components of the machine include: a wheel, which still contains thread, and a handle to turn it. On the side rests a fork to divide the lace into seven prongs.
This machine was used by the Thomas Wilson & Co. Inc., in the early years of business - starting 1839, in order to create lace for consumers and distributors. An employee of the company would have turned the handle to rotate the wheel to spin the lace. The lace was then primed - evaluated and examined - before shipping.
The Thomas Wilson Lace Making Machine possesses the following engraving: "BROWN & SHARPE MFE, CO. PROVIDENCE R.I., U.S.A."