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There’s considerable debate over whether the Taylor machines were made, as advertised, at the Driffield Works in Yorkshire or, perhaps, imported from Germany where Taylor was said to have his own plant. You’ll find discussion on this absorbing tale here: https://tinyurl.com/ycq2oo53
Whatever the origin, what we have here is a superb 1870’s machine featuring Taylor’s patented friction drive, avoiding the necessity of a belt and its perennial problems with stretching and slipping.
The lower drive shaft had two small wheels with a spring between them. The wheels fitted in a groove on the drive wheel and provided sufficient friction for the machine to be operated.
And, of course, the Taylor was a very quiet model, having a shuttle that moved in an ellipse rather than simply reciprocating. Most noise from an antique machine will come from the necessary slack built in between the shuttle and its carrier. When the shuttle changes direction, the slack is taken up and the dreaded click occurs. With an elliptic shuttle there will be no such change of direction.
Please check out the decals on this model. All original, of course Nothing ever gets re-touched on my machines.

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