Could someone help me identify this wheel?

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andrewkerr wrote
on Aug 4, 2012 8:25 AM

Hi There,

Could anybody help me identify this spinning wheel?  I bought it from an antique dealer in Burford, Oxon in about 2005.  I believe it is a flax wheel; because it has a distaff, and two small bobbins.

As I wish to spin wool this isn't appropriate for my needs, so I will be looking for a suitable wheel.



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on Aug 4, 2012 7:12 PM

You should be able to spin wool on this wheel.  I don't know what make it is, but I don't see any reason why it would only be used as a flax wheel.

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idunn2012 wrote
on Aug 8, 2012 4:48 PM

Hello Andrew,

your beautiful wheel looks very like a Norwegian flax wheel to me.


Although they were made primarily to spin flax you will also be able to spin fine lace yarn wool on it. Wish I could buy it from you but I live too far away...



Greetings from Iceland


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on Sep 19, 2012 12:29 PM

Beautiful double wheel. Looks more like a east European combination flax/wool wheel. Should work just fine for wool. If that wheel is as heavy as it looks it should be a great treadler! Tune it up, lube it up, get some wool & have at it. I've used one like it for wool for 35 years & it's just fine. Good luck with a real beauty. My Best - Jerry

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wheelsmith wrote
on Dec 8, 2012 6:04 AM

You have a lovely wheel made in Sweden, circa 1875.

Here is mine for comparison:

This has to be one of my favorite wheels.

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