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Topic: Need help dating and IDing this antique? Saxony double drive wheel!  (Read 766 times)
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« on: April 22, 2012 11:42:08 PM »


Pictures are here: http://thekindthorn.tumblr.com/post/21537433222/my-baby-a-lovely-saxony-wheel-in-need-of-just-a
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I'm a new spinner, and I was looking for a more budget-friendly spinning wheel when a friend of a friend told me about this beauty in a nearby antique mall. (If anyone's interested in it's partner, a red-and-gold painted Norwegian in working condition, it's still in Madison, WI at Maple Bluff Antique Mall as of yesterday). It still works nicely despite the broken flyer and chipped bobbin and whorl. I put a cotton twine drive band on, oiled up a bit and tried it out by plying some crochet thread.
I would love to know if someone has any idea how old this is, as the shopkeeper at the antique store where I bought it knew nothing about it (or spinning wheels in general). It was a steal for a working spinning wheel in the first place, but if it's an antique I'll be overjoyed. Any help is appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012 09:55:19 AM »

Beautiful wheel.  Yes, it is an antique, although I don't know the origin.  If you're on Ravelry, check out the Antique Spinning Wheel group.

You're making people GUESS what you paid for it??  hmmm ... $150?
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012 10:39:56 AM »

Beautiful wheel.  Yes, it is an antique, although I don't know the origin.  If you're on Ravelry, check out the Antique Spinning Wheel group.

You're making people GUESS what you paid for it??  hmmm ... $150?

Close guess! And thanks for the suggestion, I copypasta'd this post there, hehe forgot all about Ravelry!
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012 01:47:52 PM »

Soo ... higher or lower??

Try fixing the flyer with some gorilla wood glue before you do any serious spinning on it.

I didn't see a picture of the size of the orifice, but with the size of the flyer, this is a wheel primarily used for flax.  That doesn't mean it won't spin wool, silk, et al.  It just limits the weight of the yarn you can spin to a pretty fine thread; cob-weight, lace-weight, sock-weight.

If you need more bobbins, I have a terrific woodworker (who is also a fiber artist) that can replicate antique bobbins for $30-$40.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012 02:42:23 PM »

Soo ... higher or lower??

Well it was marked at $169 but I talked her down to $140 because of the broken flyer. The orifice is like 5/8 in, so yeah it is probably a flax wheel, but I plan to try alpaca and wool on it this summer. The next step in my repair process is to glue on the flyer arm, but probably not with Gorilla glue, it's too foamy. I'll try to find a more traditional type of wood glue.
Where is this woodworker located? I have someone that my parents know in mind, but I'm not sure if she has ever made bobbins before, so having another artist (or five) is always welcome!
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012 03:00:15 PM »

I found this one, which is kind of similar, but the maidens are a little more elaborately carved
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/11427586_antique-pine-spinning-wheel-19th-century
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012 09:31:47 AM »

I love the strength of gorilla wood good, just wipe off the excess.

D.K. is in DeKalb IL.  Here is his website.  Don't worry that bobbins aren't listed, these are custom made.
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012 12:09:11 PM »

Awesome, his work looks really nice! Thank you very much.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012 03:13:39 PM »

Did you check out the musical instruments he makes??  Those are his real passions.
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2012 07:20:23 PM »

I did, those are fantastic as well.
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