For Sale: An antique (ca. 1800s) child’s spindle wheel, or invalid’s wheel, so-named because of its small size. The wheel’s diameter is a mere 28”, and the bench 36”. Purchased from a sheep farm in northern Ohio several years ago and believed to be originally from Pennsylvania, it is in beautiful and perfect running condition with its original drive band and spindle, held to the maidens by woven cornhusks. It is slide-tension, adjusted underneath the bench. Could possibly be a Miller/Lee wheel, although it is not signed, with its decorated flower-shaped iron hub nut. This beautiful little wheel is ornamented with lovely carved scallops and paint details, the bench with an ornate painted red design, perhaps a tulip…
An antique wheel such as this one was once believed to have been a child’s wheel, but more recent opinion in the spinning world is that it would have been an invalid’s wheel, which would have served one who sat while spinning, rather than walking back and forth.
I am asking $500 for the wheel, pick-up only.
Please call (no text) Nancy in Grapevine at 817.488.7269 if interested.
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