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Thread: I Found This Old Spinning Wheel at a Garage Sale

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    I found this old spinning wheel at a garage sale. I brought it home in dirty pieces piled in a box. I thought it would be a DIRTY shame to leave it there even tho I had no use for it. The elderly woman I bought it from told me "Honey that old thing has been in my family for over 200 years and it came from Germany." So my husband and I cleaned it up and put it back together according to pictures we found online. Its living again! :wink: I listed it on Ebay so maybe someone will give it a good home. It deserves it. :)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=230400431855



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    You find the BEST yard sales!

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    Can you imagine if we had to spin and weave for every fabric need? And many women did just that. :cry:

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    I just can't imagine! We have it so easy today!

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    Nice find!!!!!! It appears to be only missing a drive band, a relatively simple fix! cool......

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTreated
    Nice find!!!!!! It appears to be only missing a drive band, a relatively simple fix! cool......
    what is that?? maybe I just have it in the wrong place. :roll:

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    That is beautiful. What a wonderful find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Can you imagine if we had to spin and weave for every fabric need? And many women did just that. :cry:
    I'm pretty sure I'd be the creepy woman down the street with the raggedy kids.

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    My Mom had one when I was a kid. Don't know what happen to it. Wish I had it now. That one looks like the one my Mom had. Very Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    My Mom had one when I was a kid. Don't know what happen to it. Wish I had it now. That one looks like the one my Mom had. Very Nice.
    Does your mom live in Hot Springs, AR? :wink:

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    You really are the queen of garage sale finds aren't you? That would be cool to have in the corner of a room with a basket of yarn balls in it..

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    I have a few friends that spin their own yarn and its really neat to watch them do it. Collecting and restoring Spinning Wheels is just as popular as collecting and restoring Sewing Machines.

    Its a shame to sell a piece of history like that but it would be nice to see it back in use again.


    Billy

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    No My Mom is gone now . Was a New Englander most of her life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat
    You really are the queen of garage sale finds aren't you? That would be cool to have in the corner of a room with a basket of yarn balls in it..

    LOL! Well I don't know about QUEEN but I sure love going to yard sales! :D

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    neat you did good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Can you imagine if we had to spin and weave for every fabric need? And many women did just that. :cry:
    I'm pretty sure I'd be the creepy woman down the street with the raggedy kids.
    LMBO you and me both :shock: :wink:

    What a great find!!! I am so glad that you rescued and restored this wonderful beauty :D :D :D

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    I asked a friend who does a lot of spinning & weaving about this. He answered:

    If you know a wood worker who has a lathe you may can have some bobbins made but I believe both of the ones pictured are broken/chipped. She is telling the truth about it being very old they did not use that style crank (from the foot peddle to the wheel) on any mid 1800 or later thing I have seen. It is a double drive wheel with flax distaff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I asked a friend who does a lot of spinning & weaving about this. He answered:

    If you know a wood worker who has a lathe you may can have some bobbins made but I believe both of the ones pictured are broken/chipped. She is telling the truth about it being very old they did not use that style crank (from the foot peddle to the wheel) on any mid 1800 or later thing I have seen. It is a double drive wheel with flax distaff.
    Thank for the info!!!!!! :thumbup:

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    Oh, this is a nice one. I shall show my spinning friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Quote Originally Posted by MissTreated
    Nice find!!!!!! It appears to be only missing a drive band, a relatively simple fix! cool......
    what is that?? maybe I just have it in the wrong place. :roll:


    The drive band is "B." I have also attached the link to where I got the picture.
    [IMG]http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...ning-wheel.gif[/IMG]


    http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/wheel-parts.shtml

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    I know nothing about spinning wheels, but looks like it's worth more than $75 plus $35 shipping, even on eBay. Have you researched to see what other ones like it go for? If I were you, I'd do as someone else said & set it up in a corner. Definitely a show piece. Hopefully you'll find more info on it & you might see what they go for at Antique Auctions. Enjoy your great find.

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    I had one very similar to that, also from Germany that an Aunt of mine brought back.. I was clearing out some stuff last year and my sister INSISTED on paying me for it.. she did some research and gave me a couple of hundred dollars for it. there was a piece missing and my dad had made a replacement for it.

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    wow. what an awesome find

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