John Kay

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Kay was born in Walmersley, Bury, Lancashire, England back in 1704.  His father died before he was born.  He received his education until he was 14, at 21 he was bequeathed 40 pounds from his father’s estate.  He apprenticed with a hand-loom reed maker.  Within a month he returned home claiming he had mastered the business.

Shortly after going home he designed a metal substitute for the natural reed that proved popular enough for him to sell throughout England.  In 1733, he received a patent for his most revolutionary device: more on that in a moment.  That same year he formed a partnership to begin manufacturing his invention. 

He moved to Paris in 1747, negotiating with the French Government he was paid 3,000 livres plus a pension of 2,500 livre annually.  He died in Paris in 1779, he was 75

What you may not know about John is that he invented the flying shuttle for the hand was designed for the broad loom which saved labor over the traditional process, needing only one operator per loom.  A shuttle is a tool designed to neatly and compactly store a holder that carries the thread of the yarn while weaving a loom.

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Comments (17)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good mornng, James Dray 


Jan 14, 2021 03:28 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

As a weaver, I can appreciate a shuttle that moves quickley and without snagging threads. Thanks, James!

Jan 14, 2021 04:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... and important invention for its time whose importance remains to this day.

Jan 14, 2021 04:48 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am not very familiar with a loom, have you used a loom before?  My Mom sews, so I am sure she knows what a loom is, haha.

Jan 14, 2021 05:23 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have not used a loom since I was in elementary school but I can remember the process. Thank you for my daily history lesson, it is appreciated...

happy Thursday my friend James Dray 

Jan 14, 2021 05:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Not being familiar with a loom, I am clueless on this one.enjoy your day!

Jan 14, 2021 05:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jan 14, 2021 05:56 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The forerunner of the space shuttle!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 14, 2021 06:06 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray I must admit I don't know much about looms. I just thought that John might have been Mary's husband.

Jan 14, 2021 07:08 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a wonderful invention.  I have seen craft people using it. Happy Thursday, to you and yours. A

Jan 14, 2021 07:42 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Clever man, and knew how to negotiate as well by the looks of it, with his pension set for life.

Jan 14, 2021 08:06 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have seen this tool used at our Horsk Hostfest in Minot. The Norsk Hostfest is North America's largest Scandinavian festival. Thanks James Dray .

Jan 14, 2021 08:13 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is amazing to see first hand how someone with vision (even in the smallest way) can change the world.

Jan 14, 2021 11:11 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I know I've never come near a loom but it's always interesting to read about the inventions made that impacted so many. 

Jan 14, 2021 11:23 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That is quite an invention. As a kid I used to love to watch my Swedish grandmother weave small rugs in her living room in Vermont!

Jan 14, 2021 05:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I always look forward to the visuals from our friend Barbara Todaro 

Jan 14, 2021 11:05 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Loom! How may genXers even know what a loom is?               

Aug 03, 2021 06:08 PM