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Object ID # 1998.030.013
Object Name Distaff
Title Distaff Made by Harry J. Kirk
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Credit line Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection of Spinning Wheels & Related Equipment
Date 1960s?
Artist Mr. Harry J. Kirk
Made Kirk, Harry J.
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Ontario
Description This is a flax-style distaff made by Harry Kirk. It has a similar style to a distaff fthat fits No. 18 of the Kirk inventory, which has a similar style of turning. Mrs. Kirk also used this one on her Irish Castle Wheel when she was spinning silk). It was made by Mr. Harry Kirk, but he did not leave any maker's identification on it. The wood has a light-coloured finish. It has a turned piece with a socket (the inside diameter is 2 cm). This piece is 15 cm high. It has three incised rings in its mid-region and two finer incised rings above the socket end. The non-socket end has a short cylindrical area, then a nippled end. The fixed arm piece is horizontal and has two recessed areas. A small upright, secured with tiny leather thongs, holds the swinging arm. The swinging arm is similar to the fixed arm. It has a thorough hole in which the upright distaff piece (1998.030.124) can be placed. The outer four parts of the distaff are splayed outwards and are 15 cm long, while the central one is perpendicular and only 9 cm long. This piece was re-numbered in 2012 as 2012.030.124.
Makers mark None
Provenance Made by Harry J. Kirk in Owen Sound, Grey County for his wife, Dorothy Kirk.

The Kirks 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.
Collection Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection
Material Turned wood/Leather (thong)
Dimensions H-15 W-43 D-4.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kirk, Dorothy