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JRSutton
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

From a pre-1800's house. I live in central mass, so there's a VERY good chance it's from a spinning mill, so my guess would be some kind of thread spool - but what makes me doubt that is that I'd think it'd have more than four "sides" - but I don't know.

Anybody?



 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Put four dowels in all four ends and you can wind yarn with it. Or wrap up your extension cords.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

that's what I meant by a "thread spool" - assuming some kind of dowel went in those holes. That's probably what it is, but It'd be great if somebody out there could say for sure.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Could be a reel for winding fence wire. FIL had a similar thing that set on a frame and had four rods. One would pull out to remove the coil. Don't know what happened to it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It looks like part of a yarn "skein winder" that was used in conjunction with a spinning wheel to make yarn. It probably was attached to a platform and the spun yarn was wound on it until the "weasel" popped. (Kinda hard to explain, but it's where the phrase "pop goes the weasel" arose. Google for details.) I have a skein winder that looks very similar to go with my various spinning wheels.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It could be a Yarn "swift" Google it. THe only reservation I have is the high strength center, which is not really needed on a swift. ( I have made swifts for my wife that adjust to different skein sizes.) Jim
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

By the weight of it, looks like a tool for unrolling a coil of high tensile fence wire. Centre hole is mounted on a spike set in the ground, coil of wire is set over four pins stuck in the outside holes, and the wire pulled is off as the tool spins, hopefully tangle free!
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: Re: Another what is this Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey JR check with your local historical society they may have pics of that in use. I would guess with Suttons rich history in spinning that they might be able to help. Is there a local Museum in the Blackstone Valley dedicated to the trade?
 
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