Hello, I recently bought a spinning wheel which I realise is of no value because it is missing the flyer assembly. However, I was drawn to the wheel itself and would love to have some idea of its age.
The spinning wheel does seem to me to be very old and worn, albeit with a new cord enabling the treadle to work and a lighter block of wood inserted into the post at the front. Given the variations between each spindle, as well as between each leg, and the fact that the dowels around the rim of the wheel itself are not perfect circles, I think it must be handmade. The two struts at the top, with holes into which some of the flyer assembly must have been inserted, do, however, look more uniform. (I am puzzled because although I wonder if these two 'bars' are later additions, the colour does not vary at all from the rest of the wheel.) The third 'projection', with a broken-off stump, does appear to be in keeping with the rest of the wheel.
The height of what remains of the spinning wheel is about 68 cm whilst the actual wheel itself is about 40 cm in diameter. I have been unable to find images of a comparable wheel with quite such a wide surround into which the spokes are inserted. (The rim/surround is 9cm wide and the spindles 8cm in length.)
I would be so interested if anyone knows what period it might date to and/or tell me more about it. Many thanks!