An early 19th century line-carved beech spinning wheel part, Scandinavian
Of tapering form, the shaped terminal or handle pierced with two holes and two slots, carved with incised lines forming geometric patterns, 9cm wide x 91.5cm long
A very similar artefact is depicted in a 19th Century painting by George Washington Brownlow (fl. 1835 - 76) called The Spinning Wheel. This piece is shown supporting the bobbin at the end of a bed of a 'muckle' or 'walking' wheel, a type of large spinning wheel so-called because the operator had to walk away from the wheel to spin yarn. See Bernard D. Cotton, Scottish Vernacular Furniture (2008), p. 269, pl. 489 for a reproduction of this picture and an explanation of the wheel's use.