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View the highlights & photographs from our October 2009 issue.

Issue #66 - October 2009

I started this newsletter to provide additional information about moving-spindle wheels and other rare and unusual wheels. We return now to my original topic of pendulum wheels, examining one Canadian and one American. We look at another example of a rare cast-iron wheel, and some wheels with that unusual U-shaped crank. We have some follow-up on names and initials, and some feedback from the last issue.


The Freeman Green Pendulum Wheel by Grant Betzner

As a descendant of the Green family in Ontario, Grant Betzner was pleased to obtain a pendulum wheel that was patented and built by Freeman Green in 1868. He recounts what is known about him as well as describing the features of this wheel.

Freeman Green pendulum wheel
Freeman Green pendulum wheel


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A Pendulum Wheel Marked M. S. Morehouse by Carlton Stickney

While X-frame pendulum spinning wheels are fairly common, one with a label marked M. S. Morehouse is a rare find. Carlton Stickney tells what he learned about Morehouse.

Wheel marked M. S. Morehouse
Wheel marked M. S. MOREHOUSE

Paper label on Morehouse wheel
Paper label on Morehouse wheel

 

Comparing Two Cast-Iron Spinning Wheels by Sue Bacheller

The unusual cast-iron spinning wheels described by Sue Bacheller in Issue #53 are very rare. Sue compares the one found by Carlton Stickney to her own and the other known examples.

Carlton's cast-iron wheel
Carlton's cast-iron wheel

 

Internal U-Shaped Axle Cranks

Part 1: On a Norwegian Wheel by Grace Hatton

Internal or U-shaped cranks appear occasionally on spinning wheels. Grace Hatton describes a Scandinavian example that is different from others we have seen.

Steeply slanted Norwegian wheel
Steeply slanted Norwegian wheel

Internal crank
Internal crank

 

Part 2: On New Zealand Wheels by Mary Knox

Mary Knox tells us about a few very inventive examples found in New Zealand.

Side view of a Jennings wheel
Side view of a jennings wheel

Wheel in the Woollen Mill at the Agrodome
Wheel in the Woollen Mill at the Agrodome

 

Names and Initials

Part 1: A Sturdevant Brand by John Sturdevant

Names and initials help us learn about the tool makers. As a descendant of the 19th-century Connecticut wheel maker by the same name, John Sturdevant was excited to find the branding iron used to mark the wheelsTo see more pictures of the branding iron, look at John’s Web site http://www.sturgood.com/genealogy/SturdevantWheels/Collection/

Reversed letters on branding iron
Reversed letters on branding iron

 

Part 2: The Initials MD by Eugene Klingshirn

Eugene Klingshirn has a reel with the initials M D. He wonders if it was made by Matthew Dill who was featured in Issue #65.

Reel marked M D
Reel marked M D

Initials M D
Initials M D

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