After reading a fascinating and well-written history, "Washington's Crossing," by David Hackett Fischer, I decided to delve into another book on the same topic, "1776" by David McCullough, which has been sitting on my nightstand for over a year. This latter one has an abundance of color illustrations, one of which is a reproduction of a painting by John Singleton Copley, entitled "Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mifflin (Sarah Morris)," from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Now why am I telling you this? Because lately I've been dabbling in band weaving with various types of rigid heddles, and I was surprised & delighted to see that Mrs. Mifflin in the above portrait is weaving on a box loom with a rigid heddle! Moreover, the painting answers a question I've had about how the box looms were fixed in place to tension the warps. This weaver appears to be weaving a piece of passementerie, although you bandweavers may be able to tell that better than I. Check it out and tell me what you think.