Old newspaper from Truro, Nova Scotia, dated May 23, 1808. Headline reads “New Advertisements. Stiles’ Patent Spinning Wheel Archibald, Leaper, & Co.”
Table with four legs holds two uprights; the one on right is low, the one on left is two thirds taller. A board goes across the uprights. A drive wheel is attached to the right-hand end of that board. At the top of the taller upright is a pendulum arm with a spindle on the end and a counterweight at the top.
Fresh braided corn husk bearings hold a metal spindle next to the base of an accelerating head that has one post to hold the accelerating wheel at the top.
Right hand at top holds metal spindle in front of base of Miner’s head, corn husk braid is bent around metal. An awl is in the left hand at the bottom.
Right hand at top holds the end of finished braid that is still attached to the vise.
Thumb holds piece of dried corn husk next to one section of the braid so that can be attached. Section of braided part can be seen in lower right corner.
Man stands on snow in front of a building. Next to him is a sled filled with a pile of three or four spinning wheels.
Five women working in cow shed. Straw on the floor in foreground, backs of two cows in background. Women wearing traditional outfits with caps on their heads. Four are sitting at spinning wheels, one in back is reeling thread onto skein winder.
Horizontal bobbin/flyer wheel in Hjulbäck style viewed from rear, with floral design painted on top surface of table. Paint also on ends of spokes, and on some of the turnings on parts of distaff, maidens, braces, and legs.
Spinning wheel with rectangular table on three legs; treadle between front legs, footman in back. Drive wheel with twelve spokes on right side, held by a pair of uprights set into the table, a pair of braces go from the uprights to one-third down the legs. At left end is mother-of-all holding the maidens and bobbin/flyer unit. Two parts of the distaff, set into the end of the table, are visible.
Close-up of drive wheel with twelve spokes. One pair of uprights that go through the table holds the drive-wheel axle. A second pair of uprights, also set into the table, is connected to the first set by a threaded screw.
Two vertical support posts are rectangular up to the level of the reel axle and then turned (round) up to the top cross bar. Under each support posts is a foot running perpendicular with two horizontal spacers stabilizing the base. The axle between the support posts holds a reel consisting of three sets of arms with horizontal bars. On the left post is a clock face with Roman numerals and gears above it, a handle is attached on the right-hand side.
Close-up of left support post with painted clock face showing Roman numerals, with dial, date 1872, and a series of four flowers above. Gears can be seen behind post. On upper right end of the six arms of the reel are visible.
Close-up of left end of table showing mother-of-all on rods going into support posts, bobbin/flyer, tension screw going through mother-of-all, part of drive wheel visible on right.
Treadle wheel with table on three legs. Two support posts have braces to table; hold drive wheel with 12 spokes. Mother-of-all rests between two rods that go from a board at end of table to wheel-support posts. A threaded tensioning screw passes through the board and the bottom of the mother-of-all.
Close-up shows turned horizontal mother-of-all with vertical maidens holding bobbin/flyer mechanism, threaded screw can be seen going through mother-fo-all, and doubled drive band around bobbin and whorl.
A rectangular table with four turned posts that support a turned rectangular framework. Two short posts hold the drive wheel, with eight turned spokes. A handle is attached to the hub of the drive wheel. The mother-of-all, which fits onto the left end of the frame, holds the bobbin/flyer mechanism. It is controlled by a threaded screw set into the end of the frame. One short support arm set into table holds the water cup and another longer one holds the distaff.
Oval base has rim around it. Two elegantly turned posts hold a drive wheel with six spokes and six half spokes in between them. At the other end the mother-of-all fits into the base; the maidens are turned like the wheel posts; the bobbin is wood but the flyer is brass with notches cut into it. A movable turned rod that is fastened to the base holds a wooden water cup.
A thumb and finger hold a U-shaped brass flyer with notches along one side. A wooden whorl is at the other end of the shaft.
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Lower table on four legs, with treadle between. Two short posts hold drive-wheel. Four posts hold split upper table with additional round pieces that hold maidens for two bobbin/flyer units as well as four threaded screws. Three parts of turned distaff ends in bird cage style top.
Close up of two bobbin/flyer units, tops of maidens, threaded screws and the doubled drive band.
Close up of secondary table on Granny Greer wheel showing the tension screw and the higher legs on the drive-wheel side making it slant away from the drive wheel.
Large spindle wheel with three legs on a long table. Drive wheel on turned post has twelve spokes. A secondary table, on four short legs, is attached to other end of table. It holds a spindle post with a spindle head. A threaded screw goes through the end of this table so the spindle post can move in the slot.
Close up of end of great-wheel table, board resting on table holds turned spindle post and spindle head. Slot in board so position can be adjusted. Held in place by wooden screw and nut.
Close up of turned spindle post with a round extension on one side with a nut or wedge on the other side. Spindle head set into the round extension.
Close up of pivoting spindle post with a flat piece of wood at the bottom. There are holes in the board and a hole in the post. A peg goes through the hole in the post then into the peg board to adjust the position.
Inscription on table around the hole for drive wheel post. MS PoLLY Feb 4 1828 BeSt LeRoY Bed-W. It was surrounded by squares filled with parallel lines and some squares with “B” shapes on opposite sides.
Large spindle wheel with steeply slanted table, decorated tall single leg, and two very short legs coming from the sides. Ornately turned drive-wheel post and brace hold a drive wheel with a narrow rim and ten spokes. Slider tension board with screw and wing nut holds the short spindle post and spindle head.
Side view of the moving spindle wheel with horizontal arm, showing the drive wheel rim and cord on the right, and the arm with the spindle at the end swinging out horizontally from the table on the left.
Close-up of vertical pulley and gears made from one piece of wood, interconnects with gears on horizontal surface of pivoting arm.
Detail shows two round disks at the end of the arm with one cord around lower disk going to two pulleys on the edge of the table. A cord goes around the upper disk off to the right to connect to the spindle. A third cord, coming from the drive wheel, goes around a groove in the gears.
A long table with three legs has a deep slot on the right side. On the rear side of the slot is a post that holds a drive wheel with a flat rim and ten spokes. At the other end of the table an attached board holds the arm that extends straight out to hold the spindle vertically. Above the arm is a horizontal pulley, an accelerating wheel. Resting on that is a gear mechanism, the horizontal part on the wheel and the vertical part screwed to a small board nailed to the back of the table. A foot pedal is pinned between the two right-hand legs and controls the movement of the arm. There is a counterweight on the rear side.
Close-up of drive wheel showing wooden core in position in the wheel hub with metal end resting on drive-wheel post.
Core is a cylindrical piece of wood that fits onto a metal rod bent into L-shape with small knob on end.