Unknown Flax Wheel #1
The third addition to the Will Work For Wool family of spinning wheels. I can't honestly tell you much about her. She bares no makers marks. She came to me fully intact and ready to spin after a good wash up and some oil. I purchased her at an estate sale in my area (this has become a common theme...) I saw photo's of her in the advertisement for the sale and sent my husband off to fetch her early morning. You never when another spinning could swoop in! I jest, in truth, if she found a home with another spinner, i'd be thrilled. It is my great joy to adopt antique wheels. When she arrived in my home later that day i discovered that she had been painted over with a thick and unattractive layer of poly. This includes her original leathers! I looked her over well and found however, that despite the poly coat, she was fully intact and actually in spinning condition. So i gave her a good wash, cleaned and oiled her up and took her for a drive! She is a beautiful spinner. She treadles easily and smoothly and quietly. Her wheel is a bit wobbly which looks to be simply an imbalance in the way the drive wheel is set in the uprights. Easy enough fix. OTherwise, she's a beauty! A nice medium sized wheel ready to go! I have not been able to find any information as to her age or possible maker. She has a unique shape to the spokes on the drive wheel. If anyone out there has any ideas as to age and maker, please feel free to comment or send me a message ! I'd love to know more!