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An Antique Wood Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder North America 19th Century


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Collection No. T-4319
Size Height 84 cm
An Antique Wood Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder North America 19th Century
An Antique Wood Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder North America 19th Century
An Antique Wood Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder North America 19th Century
An Antique Wood Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder North America 19th Century
An Antique Wood Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder North America 19th Century

This finely made antique wood Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder was made in North America in the late 19th Century.

When I saw this amazing object I stunned by how beautiful it was in many positions from opening to closing it. To me, it looked like a 3D model of geometry or a 3D model of genetics.  I have had this object for years and never tire of looking at it or opening and closing it again and again and showing it to people.

A swift is a tool used to hold a hank of yarn while it is being wound off. It has an adjustable diameter so that it can hold hanks of many sizes, and rotates around a central rod. Developed in the United States, they are generally made out of wood or metal, though other materials may also be used and they are now sought-after antiques. Swifts are not used very much in the textile industry but are used more by knitters and crocheters who buy their yarn in hank form. The swift allows for easy balling without the yarn getting tangled and knotted.

Wooden umbrella swifts are the most common type of swift in used. They are preferred by hand spinners because they fold up, which is good for storage, and they are generally more stable, of higher quality, and look nicer than metal umbrella swifts.

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