Overall (approx.): 42 x 28 x 21 in. (106.7 x 71.1 x 53.3 cm)
Wooden clock reel with four arms joined to turned horizontal shaft with supported between two posts, with wooden disk with sawtooth edge mounted below threaded section at center of shaft; entire apparatus mounted on top of rectangular plank raised on three splayed rounded legs.
A clock reel had either four or six arms around which a length of yarn was wound in order to measure it. If the distance around the arms measured 2 yards, then forty turns of the device would yield a "knot" (a length of 80 yards). A skein (560 yards) was the equivalent of 7 knots. According to the accession records, this example was brought to New England from Scotland.
Gift of DeWitt M. Lockman
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