from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin sheet of metal upon the surface of which designs are painted with an insulating varnish: used for operating the shedding mechanism of an electric Jacquard. This method was tried about 1860.


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  • A pattern-plate of an officer, who never has had anything but a military thought!

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  • Mechanical toys and speaking dolls had places of prominence; and among the pictures which adorned the walls the place of honour was given to a framed tailor's pattern-plate!

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