1838 Wheeler's Patent Model of a Spinning Wheel

Spinning Wheel Patent Model
Patent No. 710, issued April 25, 1838
Hiram F. Wheeler of Springville, Pennsylvania
Hiram Wheeler’s domestic wheel was for spinning wool. He titled his invention “inclined spinner,” referring to the fact that the operator would sit at the wheel as opposed to standing and walking when using the typical wool wheel. When the treadle was forced down by the operator’s foot, a cord pulled the carriage and spinning wheel head away from the spinner. A weight brought both of them back toward the spinner. This movement of the carriage was equivalent to the spinner walking forward to the spindle tip for the draw out and then back to the wheel. Wheeler specifically claimed as his invention this sliding action of the wheel head.
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before 1838-04-25
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Wheeler, Hiram F.
associated place
United States: Pennsylvania, Springville
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 23 3/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 60.325 cm x 29.21 cm x 15.875 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


"I'm interested in knowing HOW the spinning wheels were made. Would a manufacturer require water power to manufacture a spinning wheel? Or a steam mill to help shape the wood? Where could I find this information?Barbara Pelissier, President, Westhampton (Mass) Historical Society"

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