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Spinning wheel

Accession Number: 1991.178.20

Collection: Tools and Machinery - Craft

Object: Spinning wheel

Common Name: Great wheel

Maker/Author: Unknown (Maker)

Place Made: USA: New England

Date Made: Mid-19th century

Description:
Spinning wheel; horizontal, spindle. Rectangular table rests on three splayed legs. Slanted wheel post fits through table. Drive wheel has twelve spokes, and a flat rim constructed in one piece. The 1/2-inch square metal drive wheel axle fits into the wheel post. A washer fits between the drive wheel and the post. A piece of metal reinforces the post where the axle comes through. The spindle post is set into the thicker end of a board which rests on the table. The thinner end of this board has a long slot through the center. A wooden screw, coming up through a slot in the table, secured by a wooden nut, adjusts the position of the board. A bat's head spinning assembly fits into the top of the spindle post. Turnings on legs, wheel post, and spindle post.

Subject:
Spinning-wheel; Spinning--Hand--Spinning wheel, spindle

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