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Accession # SRM1997-1.48

Spinning wheel

19th century


The great wheel, also known as walking wheel or wool wheel, was used for rapid long draw spinning of woolen-spun yarns or other long fibers. The great wheel is usually over 5 feet in height. The large drive wheel turns the much smaller spindle assembly, with the spindle revolving many times for each turn of the drive wheel. The yarn is spun at an angle off the tip of the spindle, and is then stored on the spindle.




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