Spinning Wheel

Date: ca. 1800

Many early Valley homes had a spinning wheel such as this.  It was used to turn raw materials, such as wool or cotton, into thread.  The wheel is mounted on a three-legged stand with a stretcher.  A drive pedal is mounted on that stretcher.  A leather strap connects the pedal to a ring on the wheel’s hub, and this rotates the wheel when the pedal is pressed down.

Medium: Walnut, Leather, Iron

Dimensions: H: 50 1/2 x W: 21 x D: 34 in.

Place: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (attributed)

Accession: 2001.0013.011

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Walnut , Leather , Iron , Shenandoah

Purchased in 2001.