Jacquard ribbon weaving loom
This loom was made by Wilkinsons in Coventry and used at William Franklin's ribbon weaving factory.
It could produce 8 highly decorative ribbons at once. The jacquard mechanism used a system of punched cards to control the weaving of the pattern.
This system of punched cards was later used by Charles Babbage and Herman Hollerith in calculating machinery and was an important step in the development of computers.
In the 1840s around half the population of Coventry made a living from ribbon weaving.