Spinning/Weaving Accessory (Swing Shaft?)
Overall: 28 x 15 in. ( 71.1 x 38.1 cm )
handwritten in ink: on paper label affixed to top of base: "SWIFT / AT[?] / . . . BASE"
Swift stand (winding apparatus missing); narrow, cylindrical wooden shaft, which is squared at lower end, mounted vertically atop slightly domed circular base carved from solid wood.
Weavers used swifts to aid in unwinding hanks on to bobbins or quills; knitters used them for winding skeins into balls.
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
The George W. Nash Collection of Ulster County, New York Household Artifacts
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