Treadle spinning-wheel with metal wheel and drawer in the frame. [SM (Verve) 13/02/2013]
Place details: EUROPE. UK. England North Yorkshire York. Cultural Group: European English Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Wood Plant / Metal / ?Iron Metal / Textile / Glue / Metal / ?. Processes: Inscribed / Carved / ?Cast / Glued / Cast / ?. Dimensions: Max H = 845 mm Diameter of wheel = 200 mm Maker: ?I. Jameson Field Collector: ?Judith Merrivale When Collected: By 1940 Other Owners: Judith Merrivale ?I. Jameson PRM Source: Judith Merrivale Acquired: Donated September 1940 Documentation: See RDF PRM Image: PR 74.L.85; Collections Digital Reference Photo 19/02/2013
KEYWORD: Spinning-wheel / Inscription / CLASS: Textile / Writing / ?.
Object description: Treadle spinning-wheel with metal wheel and drawer in the frame. The object has a small metal wheel at the top. In the frame beneath this is a drawer with a metal handle. The treadle and base of the frame have been covered with textiles which has been glued on. The treadle attaches to the drive wheel with a wooden connecting rod (a footman) [SM (Verve) 13/02/2013]
Accession Book Entry - Miss Judith Merrivale, ... Oxford - Spinning wheel with I. IAMESON OF YORK carved on drawer.
[Geographical] Card Catalogue Entry - exactly as Accession Book
Added [Geographical] Card Catalogue entry - Ref. Baines P 1977 Spinning Wheels p 159 Fig 64
Related Documents File - 'Very unusual wheel (?cast iron) so made because small wheel has no momentum and w'd [would] be difficult to keep turning. This is a "boudoir wheel" so called because ladies kept them in their b'm [bedroom] and retired to pass the time doing a little spinning. Not I think a wheel that w'd [would] have been used to produce serious amounts of spun fibre - more a social affair and an object of fine craftsmanship' [Notes made by Ian Kerr, who makes replica spinning wheels and examined this object on 12 October 2004] [ZM 12/10/2004]
Old Pitt Rivers Museum label - 1940.9.18 Miss Judith Merrivale, ... [see confidential field] [DCF Court Team 20/2/2003]
Display history: This object was previously on display in C.20.B - Spinning Wheels - Europe when the case was redisplayed during VERVE project in 2013. This object was put back on display. [SM (Verve) 04/09/2013]
Publications history, trails & websites: Reproduced in black and white on page 160 of Spinning Wheels: Spinners and Spinning, by Patricia Baines (London: BT Batsford Limited, 1977), where it is captioned ''Boudoir' spinning wheel. late eighteenth entury, made by John Jameson of York; wheel diameter 7 3/4 in. (20 cm).' and on the page 159 described 'A spinning wheel in the Pitt Rivers Museum collection has JOHN JAMESON carved on the inside rim of the drawer. It has a double band drive, unlike those in Bavaria, which provides some evidence that it was probably made here'. [MJD 21/11/2014]
Research notes: Alan Raistrik, independent scholar, examined this object during a research visit for VERVE on 2 April 2013. He made the following comments: This is an upper class wheel, known as a boudoir wheel. The cast iron wheel provides momentum. Probably spins fine thread such as silk or flax. The hooks are small and close together. Manufacturer is likely to be Jameson. [MJD 03/04/2013]