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Spinning wheel

Spinning wheel
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Accession Number: 1991.178.4

Collection: Tools and Machinery - Craft

Object: Spinning wheel

Common Name: Charka

Maker/Author: Unknown (Maker)

Place Made: India: Bombay

Date Made: 2nd quarter, 20th century

Spinning wheel/skein winder; horizontal, spindle, Charka or Gandhi wheel. Wooden book-sized box opens flat. On right-hand side are drive wheel, which is connected by a drive band to the bottom of the accelerating wheel. Wedged in is the metal strip which acts as a handle on the drive wheel when wooden knob is attached. Also the wooden square which is part of skein winder configuration. On the left-hand side, four L-shaped metal rods for the skein winder are held along the side by a metal bracket and a small block of wood. Three small metal spindles with metal whorls fit into the wooden blocks. There are washers for each spindle which serve as a yarn guard. (Small round leather piece may be the original part.) A rectangular wooden piece with a slot attaches to the box by a nut and bolt. A U-shaped piece of wood, with a spring in a notch at the bottom, fits into a cut-out in the rectangular piece. A spindle would fit into the U-shaped piece when set up for spinning. Second drive band would connect accelerating wheel to spindle whorl.

Spinning-wheel; Winding and spooling--Hand--Reel; Spinning--Hand--Spinning wheel, spindle

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