Drinking Fountain A wonderful porcelain drinking fountain on the first floor. Note how it’s wrapped. Similar Images ...based on the tags: spools, water-fountains... I wonder when fluorescent lighting was added. Aluminum spools replaced their wooden counterparts, later in the factory’s history. The left wall is stacked high with wooden crates holding spools. Tags hang on machines describing the last batch of silk the mill ever produced. A guard to keep sawdust from the water fountain. A simple porcelain fountain in the original brewhouse. The water fountain, no doubt, is not original. Note the large belt pulley in the center of the frame. Follow the axel it’s on and you’ll see several belts still attached to the drive, which was originally steam-driven. The note on the left announces that the spindles in the crates are dirty. The batch tag specifies some of the technical properties of the silk worked here. I really like the porcelain guides for the silk threads, probably used because they could be polished for perfect, persistent, smoothness.