1) Formerly, when cloth-making was not mechanised, the wool-comb was a toothed implement employed in the preparation of wool for spinning.

Combs were used in pairs and the comb-stock was possibly a wooden block or bench which helped to secure the wool during that process: 1588 thre wheles, one combestocke, one paire of combes, Dalton

1617 a pare of bartrees, a comstocke, combes, with other instruments, Cottingley

1709 In the Combing Roome, 3 pair combs, 1 pair carsey combs, Ł1 4 3, Selby.

spellings comb stock
dates 1588 1617 1709

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