On the Water

Ivory and Bone Yarn Swift

Swifts, or yarn-winders, were used in the home in place of an extra pair of hands. They held skeins of yarn or thread while it was being wound onto spools or rewound into measured lengths. This is a particularly large example, which fastened to the edge of a table with the clamp on the bottom.

ID Number:
TE*T03311.000
Maker:
unknown
Place Made:
unknown
Material:
ivory, silver, silk, bone
Date:
19th century
Dimensions:
24 in x 3 in; 60.96 cm x 7.62 cm
Source:
Gift of Mrs. Caroline E. Bates