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Spinning-Wheel Maker List

Spinning-Wheel Maker List #7 is now available with more than 1,600 entries. This list incorporates all earlier lists. A searchable PDF version on CD is available as well as the paper printout. The cost for each version is $8, or $6 for subscribers.

Compiled from material sent by individuals, printed sources, and museum collections, it is designed to be a 'quick reference' and remains a work in progress. It covers wheel makers from the U.S.A., Canada, Scotland, and a few other countries. U.S. and Canadian patent holders and 20th-century wheel makers are included.

To order, please go to List Order Form.

Spinning Wheel Postcards

The postcards are pictures of six rare and unusual spinning wheels from my collection.

The 4"x6" color postcards come in packets of six (one of each image).

The price is $7 per packet, $6 for subscribers.

To order, please go to Postcard Order Form.



Hand-cranked Turkish Wheel
Horizontal bobbin/flyer spinning wheel, hand-cranked drive wheel and second accelerating wheel. Probably from Turkey.
See Issues #4 and #52.


Vertical Spinning Wheel
Vertical spinning wheel with bobbin/flyer unit below the drive wheel on tripod frame. Probably by Daniel Danner (1803-1881), Mannheim, PA.
See Issues #4, #32, and #35.


Double Wheel, Double Treadle
Double-wheel, double-treadle spinning wheel. Similar to one marked "J. Farnham" for Joel Farnham (1774-1858), Owego, Tioga County, NY. See Issues #15 and #18.


Horizontal Spinning Wheel with A-frame
Horizontal bobbin/flyer spinning wheel with elegant A-frame.
See Issues #4, #9, and #52.


Solomon Plant Double Flyer Wheel
Double-flyer spinning wheel with drive wheel below. Marked SP for Solomon Plant (1741- 1822), Stratford, CT.
See Issues #31 and #39.


Moving-spindle Accordion Arm Wheel
Moving-spindle spinning wheel with an accordion arm. Marked "Clipper Spinner" patented  by Timothy Dewey Brown, 1883 in Canada.
See Issues #23, #47, and #60.

Spinning Wheels Find Me

I don't go looking to buy them. In the last twelve years, eight antique wheels have come to live with me. They join the three contemporary wheels on which I spin. Some of the antiques are functional.

In most cases friends or readers told me about them. The wheels range in size from the 2-foot-long hand-cranked Turkish wheel to the 7-foot-long T. D. Brown patented moving-spindle wheel. Sometimes I acquired the wheel because I had been researching the wheel maker (the Solomon Plant and the T. D. Brown), or I did research after I obtained the wheel to learn more about it (the Turkish wheel and the double-wheel, double-treadle). The others I bought just because I think that they are beautiful and elegant (the tripod-frame and the A-frame).

To learn more about the wheels on the postcards check the Back Issues page for the appropriate issue. Some are out of print, but photocopies are available for $2 each plus postage.