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Object ID # 1998.030.016
Object Name Wheel, Spinning
Title Sifton Wheel
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Credit line Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection of Spinning Wheels & Related Equipment
Date 20th-century
Artist Made-Well Manufacturing Co.
Made Made-Well Mfg. Co.
Place of Origin Manitoba, Canada
Description Style: Double belt flyer drive.
Vertical chair frame style Made-Well spinning wheel. This is a treadled, frame-style spinning wheel, mostly wooden, with a pretty reddish-brown painted finish. It has a cast metal wheel that is 35.6cm in diametre. It has a round brass Kirk inventory number of 32 attached to its front side. There are four upright legs that form the corners of the frame, with two plain stretchers between them. The tops of the corners / legs have squat mushroom-shaped finials. One seems larger than the others. The two legs on the treadle side have a little foot protrusion (to prevent tipping). The treadle is a rectangular board, set widthwise. Rocking bar system. There is a four-spoked metal drive wheel, with one groove, for a doubled drive cord. There is a metal flyer that is hooked only on one side. Nine guide hooks in all. There is a wing screw present at the back of the bobbin assembly. The wooden bobbins sit in readiness on upright rods at the left top side of the frame so that plying work can be done. Bobbin secured on left side of frame actin as a "lazy kate" to hold bobbins for plying (not the best functioning lazy kate). Large orifice suitable for bulky yarns.





Provenance Made by Made-Well Manufacturing Co. of Sifton, Manitoba, Canada in the early 20th century.

Provenance unknown.

Collected by Dorothy and Harry 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.
Collection Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Paint/Cord
Dimensions H-79 W-48.6 L-40 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kirk, Dorothy