Swift: yarn spooler or winder

Object Number: 
1930.51
Date: 
1700-1800
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 43 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 9 in. ( 110.5 x 36.8 x 22.9 cm )
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group