Two-spindle flax spinning wheel; Likely Connecticut, 18th C.

Two-spindle flax spinning wheel; Likely Connecticut, 18th C.

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Two-spindle flax spinning wheel. Constructed with wooden dowels. Left bobbin and spindle are loose from the leather holder. Distaff is easily removedl. The treadle is not connected. The initials "SP" are burned in one edn of the lower platform of the wheel - possibly the intials of the maker? Likely Connecticut, 18th C.
This statement comes from several letters written by the donor of this object: "My great grandfather, Israel Beach, built his home at Stratford, Conn. in 1735. Some 30 years ago there was given me by the family that owns the farm, a two-spindle flax spinning wheel that had been left in the attic of the old house. The house had long been unoccupied. It was sided up as well as shingled, with chestnut shingles about two feet long, rived and shaved by hand. I have two of these shingles. My father moved from Stratford into this section in 1816. My grand father Israel Beach Jr. served in the Revolutionary War. I served four years in the First New York (Lincoln Cavalry.)
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
spinning wheel
spinning wheel, flax
date made
may have been made in the 18th century
place made
United States: Connecticut
Measurements
overall:;
ID Number
TE.T04330
accession number
67715
catalog number
T04330
Credit Line
Gift of William H. Beach
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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