Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
Paris - 1783.
Richard Chambovet 1772- 1851
In 1748, an englishman from Winchester, Thomas Waldford invented the first braiding machine. Then, a German from Barmen, Bockmüll, built a machines that braided laces. In 1783, a man from Normandy named Perrault perfects these mechanics by tuilding a wooden machine that will become the definitive version.
In our region the braids and laces started in 1807. Richard Chambovet came to Saint-Chamond and started a business of braids and laces, produced by "Perrault" machines.
In 1850, the factory was run by his three sons, with more than 300 employees.