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Wheel, Spinning
Wheel, Spinning
Resource Typeimage
TitleWheel, Spinning
Coverage / Year1775 to 1825
DescriptionBlack painted wooden spinning wheel. Four turned legs mortised through a horizontal bench. Two turned poles support a large wheel with turned spokes. Two bobbin holders mounted on a flat bench. Hand forged iron hardware. Wooden pegs used on mortised joints. 37" high.
InterpretationThis spinning wheel was made in Norway about 200 years ago and was brought to America by Ingebord Fordall in about 1850. It was one of Ingebord's most prized possessions, and when she died she passed it on to her daughter Petrena. Petrena had ten children and lived in a Norwegian community in Wisconsin. Petrena was a strong woman, and in the words of her granddaughter "she was the person to whom everyone turned in a crisis. Whether it was a birth or a death, and illness or an unruly child, jelly that would not jell or a sleeve pattern that would not fit, a letter in English that had to be translated into Norsk or the remembrance of words to a Norwegian folk song." When Petrena died she passed the spinning wheel on to her daughter, and her daughter passed it on to her daughter. In 1983 it was given to the Early American Museum.
Lesson Plans / ThemesHow we learn about communities; American Communities in History; Communities and Geography; World Environments;
Learning Standards16 History; 15 Economics; 17 Geography;
Author or CreatorEarly American Museum
Subject / KeywordsSpinning; Norway; Flax; Emigration & immigration; Thread; Expansion; Clothing & dress; Women; Pioneers;
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
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Rights Management Statement
Resource Identifier1983.109.0001
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