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Clock reel (which counted exact number of strands in a knot).

Object Number: 
986
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall (approx.): 28 1/2 x 23 x 27 in. (72.4 x 58.4 x 68.6 cm)
Description: 
Wooden clock reel with four arms joined to a turned horizontal shaft 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 rounded legs.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group