Spinning/Weaving Accessory (Swing Shaft?)

Object Number: 
N-360
Date: 
1700-1800
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 x 15 in. ( 71.1 x 38.1 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on paper label affixed to top of base: "SWIFT / AT[?] / . . . BASE"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
Weavers used swifts to aid in unwinding hanks on to bobbins or quills; knitters used them for winding skeins into balls.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Provenance: 
The George W. Nash Collection of Ulster County, New York Household Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group