Flax wheel

Object Number: 
1930.34
Date: 
1750-1850
Medium: 
Maple
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. ( 74.9 x 41.9 x 49.5 cm )
Description: 
Maple chair-type flax wheel; two vertical wheels, the smaller one mounted on top with the larger one almost directly below it, within rectangular frame composed of lathe-turned horizontal and vertical members; intact flyer and divided treadle.
Gallery Label: 
Spinning wheels resembling chairs are often of Connecticut origin. In this example, the treadle is divided, with each side attached to the lower wheel, permitting the use of both feet. With this feature, the speed of the spindle was increased and a more constant rotation was maintained.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group