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Topic: Spinning wheels: Is Ashcroft an old name for Ashford?  (Read 1976 times)
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« on: February 22, 2007 10:37:39 AM »

Hi all, I just stumbled over an auction for an Ashcroft spinning wheel today and wondered what it was. It looks very much like the Ashford traditional and I was wondering if it is just an old version or an entirely different company. Does anyone know more about their history?

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007 11:11:40 AM »

I've never heard of Ashcroft, that doesn't mean it can't be though.

However, if you go to the Ashford Handicrafts site: www.ashford.co.nz, and click the "reinventing the wheel" link you can see what the Ashford wheels looked like over the ages (they changed slightly as the Ashfords bought better equipment).

Hope that helps Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2007 08:51:42 AM »

I am 99% positive that they are two separate companies. Google isn't bringing up much, so they are likely pre-web presence [although I did find a fair number of hits for people that own them or have mentioned them.] Traditional Saxony wheels like the Ashford traditional do tend to look a fair bit alike across the brands.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2007 10:54:21 AM »

I just found the auction and even though there's only bout an hour left at the time I'm posting this, I feel I should comment anyways.

I honestly truly believe that the seller messed up, twice.

The ashford traditional is a different style than the standard saxony. This one doesn't look like a standard saxony, but rather exactly like an ashford traditional.

The handcarders have red cloth, which is as far as I'm aware exclusive to ashford.

The "manual" that comes with the wheel is the ashford book of spinning

Of the references to ashcroft spinning wheels I found online, about half of them were definitely referring to ashford since the ashford logo was either visible on a picture or they referred to a specific ashford product name such as the traveler or the elizabeth.
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