Saxony Wheel for spinning Flax; 18th Century?


Flax or Saxony (Leipsic) wheel. Late 18th century. Turned legs. Eight spokes in the wheel. A machine on which the spinning and winding of the yarn are made simultaneous by means of a flier and bobbin attachment to the spindle. Made in Rhode Island. Was given in 1883, along with the Slater spinning equipment. No background information was given with the wheel. The letters "N E" appear on the wheel. According to the accession folder, a brass plate with the name B.H. Lawton is on the object

In the years before the Revolutionary War, patriotic colonists created new economic networks by forming agreements not to use imported British commodities, such as fine fabrics, furnishings, or tea. They hoped to influence British merchants and manufacturers and also to bridge social divisions among Americans. Colonial women spun linen using tools like this 18th century flax wheel from Rhode Island.

Date Made: possibly 18th century

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Hand Tools


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, Textiles


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Credit Line: Gift of the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T01959.000Catalog Number: T01959.000Accession Number: 13137

Object Name: Spinning Wheel, Flax


Record Id: nmah_640679

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