1) In the process of cloth-finishing the nap was formerly raised by teasels set in an implement referred to as ‘handles’, and this was possibly a similar implement.

1556 two payr of walker sheres and ij payr of lomes a shere borde and a rayse, Halifax. The Raizing Peark mentioned in 1703 under ‘handles’ is likely to have been the wooden perch or frame over which the cloth was draped.

places Halifax
dates 1556

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