Swift: yarn spooler or winder
Overall: 43 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 9 in. ( 110.5 x 36.8 x 22.9 cm )
Wooden swift consisting of vertical plank with slots for two horizontal arms, the lower arm adjustable, and with wooden spool intact; mounted on rectangular base with beveled top edges.
Weavers used swifts to aid in unwinding hanks on to bobbins or quills; knitters used them for winding skeins into balls. According to the accession records, this one was purchased by the donor from C. W. Ives of New Haven, Connecticut.
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
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