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Object ID # 1998.030.017
Object Name Wheel, Spinning
Title "Wee Peggy" Spinning Wheel
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Credit line Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection of Spinning Wheels & Related Equipment
Date 1973?
Year Range from 1970
Year Range to 1995
Artist Unidentified maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin New Zealand
Description A "Wee Peggy" 20th-century spinning wheel from New Zealand. It is mostly wooden, with a dark brown finish. There are four wooden bobbins with it. One is present inside the flyer, while the other three are mounted on the front's Lazy Kate horizontal metal rods. There is a turned wooden piece that is positioned vertically in a socket at the left side of the table. When withdrawn, it allows access to the bobbins of the lazy kate. The other side of the front of the table has a socket hole wherein the threading hook is stored. The threading hook has a wooden grip and a wire hook. The wheel rim has one wide groove area for the drive cord. The wheel has 6 short wooden spokes that are turned smoothly with a bulbous area. No maker's identification is present. There are 3 turned legs. The front of the table has a dowel-like protrusion. Purpose? The flyer is wooden and has cup hook-like guide hooks. It is a vertical wheel, with a Scottish tension. "73" is noted in marker on the underside of the table - this is most likely the year it was made. The spinning wheel has a round brass tag with No. 39 on it (Kirk inventory number, not original to the piece, but should not be removed).
Provenance The previous owner, Dorothy W. Kirk, of Owen Sound, Grey County, identified this "Wee Peggy" spinning wheel as a New Zealand-made item. She had a couple of "Wee Peggy" spinning wheels at her home in 1998, and she felt this one was the best example she had.

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/Finish/Brass
Dimensions H-94 W-47 D-40 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kirk, Dorothy
Function A vertical-style spinning wheel, with a centred orifice area. The spinner sits in front of the orifice and uses her right foot to treadle the spinning wheel. Wee Peggys feature an angled, three-bobbin "lazy-Kate", which is mounted front of the wheel.