Chinese Antique Wooden Spinning Wheel
Zhejiang, circa 1860
The spinning wheel is thought to have been invented in China around 1000 AD, and over time its use spread along the silk road to Iran, India and eventually to Europe. Wheels like this one were used to spin wool or silk fibres into yarn for fabrics and to a certain extent are still used in China today. This one is made from beech wood and comes from Zhejiang province in southern China, where it would first have been used well over a hundred years ago. The large wheel still turns and is removable. Sections of the wheel are beautifully carved and it would make an unusual talking piece as a decorative object perhaps in a conservatory as a base for pot plants.
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