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Spinning wheel research
Who made the early spinning wheels?
Can you help?
For some years now we have been researching the makers of early
spinning wheels and their related social history. Currently we have nearly
800 records spinning wheels in the British Isles together with some in Europe.
We are constantly looking for more wheels to add to these records and it is especially rewarding when we come across one that has a makers stamp on it. However those without a mark are just as vital for we may find similarities for example in the spindle work and spoke shapes which can lead us to the possibility that these wheels might be the work of one early maker even if we did not know who he or she was. The wheel form and its stylistic features also reveal from what country or region it could have originated. Wheels can end up in places far removed from where they were made. For example a Norwegian wheel was found in South America and is now recorded.
So do you know of any wheels that need recording that we might not know about? If so can you help in giving me any new leads which we can follow up and add to the existing records?
This research on spinning wheels and their social history is an important and valuable study, adding to our knowledge and understanding of this subject, and is associated with the Regional Furniture Society.
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