|Object ID #||1998.030.020|
|Title||Squirrel Cage Swift|
|Lexicon category||4: T&E For Materials|
|Credit line||Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection of Spinning Wheels & Related Equipment|
|Place of Origin||Unknown|
|Description||Darkly-finished, upright, free-standing, wooden "squirrel cage" swift. This item was No. 101 in the Kirk inventory (but didn't have a brass tag like others, just a sticker, which may be gone now). The dark finish is present all-over the swift. It might also be called a "Parlour Swift" by some collectors. There is no maker's identification. There are drilled holes along the uprights, and two wooden long pegs that can be withdrawn and re-inserted in order to pin the cage pieces at a selected position. It is a very lightweight item. There is a small wooden cup at the top, which functions as a rest for the yarn ball when the spinner is not using the swift.|
Collected by Dorothy Kirk, of Owen Sound, Grey County, who lived in Grey County and Toronto during their lifetimes, and who had family roots in Grey County. They purchased (sometime internationally) and restored many old and contemporary spinning wheels and related equipment, often purchasing them from Ontario antique stores. Mrs. Kirk was a master spinner / weaver.
Acquired by Dorothy after Harry had passed away, as her inventory number is just a sticker (he used to make the brass inventory tags for her).
|Collection||Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|
|Function||A swift is a spinner's accessory item, and it is used to unwind spun skeins so that the spinner can wind the yarn into a ball. This is a lightweight, freestanding one. There is a cup-like yarn ball rest at the top.|