I have been keeping any eye out for second hand spinning wheels over the last month or so (and there was a possibility that I might get one sent over from New Zealand via a friend of a friend). A couple of nights ago I can across a Gumtree listing for a wheel and chair located about 5 miles away from me. We exchanged messages and I agreed to go and have a look at it after my Body Pump class this morning.
I did as much research as I could online based on the single image in the ad and the knowledge that it definitely wasn’t an Ashford Traditional (wrong number of spokes on the drive wheel), but was coming up a blank. I also checked what to look out for in a second hand wheel (that all of the bits moved as they should, a true spin on the drive wheel, no rust in the orifice of the flyer, etc.). So obviously, with 6 extra bobbins in two lazy kates, what looks to be the original orifice hook handle (with a crochet hook substituted for the original hook) and a chair, I bought it for the drop-down bargain price of £75 (I know, a steal, but it’s what they asked for it).
I would love to know more about the wheel if anybody recognises it, there are no makers marks anywhere except an M or W on the pins holding the drive wheel in place. Photos: