S. W. Lowry Weaver Shop
& Jacquard Loom Interpretive Centre

The S. W. Lowry Weaver Shop and Jacquard Loom Interpretive Centre is home to two of only a handful of authentic Jacquard looms that can be viewed in North America. One Jacquard loom is an original display loom. The second loom is a fully-functioning replica loom that features a restored Jacquard mechanical head and punch card system.

Fully functioning replica Jacquard loom- Photo by Justen Soule

The Jacquard loom at Lang Pioneer Village Museum was acquired by a young man named Samuel Lowry who was born in Warsaw, Ontario in 1862. He worked as a weaver in Warsaw from 1884 to 1888, then moved to Peterborough and established a business at 352 Water St. Later he moved to George St. and then Hunter St. His main products were carpets, flannel and horse blankets. By 1905, he was having difficulty competing with the large carpet factories in Toronto and elsewhere. He turned to other work, returning to weaving briefly in 1907.

In 1910, Lowry headed west seeking more profitable work. Two looms (the Jacquard and a simple two-shaft loom), and accessories were left in storage with a Mr. Buller, who had a carting business on King St. in Peterborough. Lowry was given $200 with the understanding that he would pay this back when he was in a position to do so. They remained in the Buller family until 1967 when the looms and account books of Samuel Lowry were purchased by weaver Mrs. Dini Moes, who later donated them to Lang Pioneer Village Museum. In 2004, the Museum hired Master Weaver Didier Schvartz to painstakingly restore the Jacquard loom and second mechanical head. Restoration of the loom and recreation of a second loom was completed in 2013 and the Museum’s S.W. Lowry Weaver Shop and Jacquard Loom Interpretive Centre was built to display the two looms.

S.W. Lowry Weaver Shop & Jacquard Loom Interpretive Centre – Photo by Justen Soule

 

Watch the Meet the Makers TV segment on the Jacquard loom presented by Best Trip TV. Click here to view the full article.

The following gallery is a photo documentation of the Jacquard loom restoration, construction of the S. W. Lowry Weaver Shop & Jacquard Loom Interpretive Centre and the building of the replica loom.

 

Request for Information

Samuel Lowry & Wife

Samuel Lowry & Eliza Campbell

We are looking for information on descendants of Samuel Lowry and his life story after leaving Peterborough. Samuel Wallace Lowry and Eliza Campbell were married 1 June, 1892 in Peterborough. Their first son, Ivan Eustace, was born 31 October 1893 in Peterborough. Their second son, Erin Vivian Montague, was born in Peterborough 10 August 1896. A third son, Sanfield, died at 10 days of age in Peterborough. If you have any information, please contact the Museum at 705-295-6694 or e-mail info@langpioneervillage.ca.

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