Yarn Winder and Spinning Wheel Bottles

Full Pictures and Close-ups: Winder Made in Prison

Height Bottle Markings
10 1/8" tall, 3" in diameter round bottle, stamped "Alfred Wright Perfumer Rochester New York" in a medallion on one side
Description, including signature and date
This beautiful early bottle, made by G. Stingel in 1878, contains a winder with red, white, and dark green thread, positioned between four carved posts. The stopper has a turned pointed top. All the wood is varnished. It is signed and dated on a bar just below the spinning wheel. A label on the outside says, "Made by a concict [sic] in the Onondaga Co. N.Y. [Syracuse] Penitentiary about 1877 or 78. Given to J. C. Mills who was keeper there at that time." This bottle is very similar to one made by D. Carr in 1879. Perhaps they were in prison together? But neither was found in the Syracuse area in the 1880 census, even though a Gottlieb Stingel was listed in the 1884 Syracuse city directory as a laborer. Stingel made at least two other similar bottles, with flags like the Carr bottle; they are not on this website.