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Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2009
12:37 AM

Post #5975229

I just got this antique spinning wheel today. It belonged to the grandmother of someone who I guess to be in her mid 40s. Her grandmother lived in Germany and the lady I brought it from came here from Germany in her teens. It needs a small fix, but otherwise the wheel runs nicely. It has a foot treadle and as you can see it has these white headed pin tacks all the way around. I'm not sure if they are original - they feel cold to the touch, like they might be glass and not plastic. What, if anything, can anyone tell me about my new wheel.

I am just starting to learn drop spindle spinning, and the opportunity to own this wheel came up because of a small furniture repair that DH did for somebody - it was in exchange for the work. I am excited to learn to use it, but also interested in learning more about it.

Thanks for any info!

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Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #5975238

Here is a picture of it a little closer up

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Oxford, NS
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #5975243

One more.

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Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2009
1:24 AM

Post #5975386

I don't know what kind of wheel that is. I have a Saxony type wheel and it's configured differently. I built my wheel in college and we all learned to spin from our county extension service in NH - that was many, many years ago. It was for shearing sheep.

Here is a link to a site that show many different styles.

Also Knitters Review has a spinning section - someone there might be able to help you.
Saint David, AZ
(Zone 8a)

January 7, 2009
6:35 PM

Post #5977709

Ohhhhhh! Lucky you.
Also, check out []
She has lots of info on antique wheels and a section for reader questions.
Good luck,
Elkins Park, PA

April 10, 2009
10:06 PM

Post #6392844


That looks like an antique parlor wheel, which fits what you know of it's original location and time frame. The white "botton" pieces are probably ivory, which would also fit the period.

The Spinning Wheel Sleuth is an excellant resource for more information about antique wheels. Their website is and they produce a newsletter, but also answer questions.

Welcome to the world of spinning and antique spinning wheels. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

September 18, 2009
3:05 AM

Post #7076175

Dear Claire,

Your lovely little lady is a German flax wheel, definitely 19th century. The little white things are either bone or ivory,( possibly china, but that's least likely.) There's one missing in the left side of your picture. What's the other repair?

By this time, I hope you've learned to use it and enjoy your spinning. If you need more help, please contact me at : or see my web site at (please use Mozilla Firefox or Safari and put this in your URL because Google hasn't picked it up yet.) Yes, I do repairs and love restoring these old ladies to their prime! : >)
Lois Lane/ Eliz Blackwell (my computer "handle")

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