Heckling of hemp plant fibre Richard Reeve
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Heckling of hemp plant fibre
Illustration of the process of heckling hemp to separate the plant fibres. The fibres were subjected to repeated combing by different grades of heckle [comb] to prepare the material for use in rope-making or cloth-production. The scene shows workmen processing the plant and this is surmounted by a decorative border with hemp plants Cannabis sativa, heckling combs, scutches and other equipment. Plate 5 in the monograph On the cultivation and preparation of hemp; as also of an article produced in various parts of India...by Robert Wissett (London, 1804). Inscribed "Pl.5. Etch'd by Reeve. Heckling". Robert Wissett (d.1820), Clerk to the Committee of Warehouses of the East India Company, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1801.
Original: etching. 1804
- Image reference: RS-10116
- The Royal Society
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