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Object Name Reel, Clock
Common Name yarn winder
Catalog Number 1993.8.1
Date ca. 1800
Material(s) Wood
Dimensions H-39 W-26 D-18 inches
Description This clock reel has four carved tapered legs mortised into a heavy block base. The piece has two vertical side supports and a support geared advance-stop mechanism which allows the reel to turn in one direction only. A 'hand' on the side of the mechanism casing indicates the position of the reel. The reel has four tapered octagonal arms with cross members at the ends. The reel shaft is threaded into advance stop gears and the piece has cut nails.
Notes This object was owned by the George Underhill family from Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky.
Yarn, once spun, had to be removed from the bobbin. The reel was developed for this tedious task of measuring and skeining the spun yarn. This rotary winder had a geared cog to count the number of rounds. The rounds are indicated by the hand on the clock like face. These pieces are often refered to as 'weasels.'
Collection George Underhill Collection
Subjects Spinning apparatus
Wool industry
Search Terms Women's work
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS