A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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Sub-order 1.—Textile Workers

361.—Rag and Wool Carbonisers and Washers

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acid bath tenter
see carboniser (felt).
carboniser, cloth (wool fabrics); piece carboniser
carbonises woollen fabrics in the piece, i.e. destroys vegetable impurities therein; as for carboniser (rags).
carboniser (felt, not woven) ; acid bath tenter
feeds and tends acid tanks through which felt is passed to destroy, by carbonisation, impurities of vegetable origin.
carboniser (rags), rag carboniser
destroys vegetable matter in woollen rags by one of two processes: (a) saturates rags in dilute sulphuric acid; dries them in special heated chamber and washes them in water to remove traces of acid; more usually (b) places rags, slightly moistened, in cylindrical revolving cage, in which they are treated with dry fumes of hydro-chloric or sulphuric acid gas; the vegetable fibre, converted into carbon dust, is then removed by shaking or scouring, see scourer, rag.
carboniser (wool), wool carboniser ; extractor, pickier, steeper, wool extractor
treats wool, after scouring, with dilute sulphuric acid; then heats wool, converting vegetable matter into carbon powder, which is removed by further shaking and scouring.
extractor, wool extractor
see carboniser (wool).
see carboniser (wool).
scourer, rag; shoddy scourer ; flock washer, rag washer, shoddy washer
prepares scouring solution and runs it into scouring machines; places rags in machines, where they are carried along from one bowl to another by rollers and swing rakes, to cleanse them and remove carbonised and other foreign matter.
scourer (raw wool), wool scourer ; washhouse man, wool washer, wool washhouse man
as for scourer, rag; feeds wool into scouring machines.
see carboniser (wool).
washer, flock; rag washer, shoddy washer
see scourer, rag.
washer, wool; wash-house man, wool wash-house man
see scourer (raw wool).

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From: A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921,
Ministry of Labour, 1927. Digitised by Peter Christian, August, 2016.   This text is in the Public Domain.