Yarn Winders and Spinning Wheel Bottles

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10" round, almost spherical bottle The intricate construction inside this bottle has two yarn winders with gear-like wheels attached to a central turned pole. One of the winders has thread on it. At the top of the pole are two birds, and two more birds are at the bottom. (Full length image)
6" round, no markings The winder in this bottle is suspended from the bottom of a beautifully turned and polished wooden stopper. It hangs above a "floor" in the bottom and is wound with red, white and blue thread. (Full length image)
6" Square with truncated corners This incredible bottle contains a mechanized spinning wheel that turns with a crank ssquarechair.htmlugh the top. Mechanical bottles like this have been found in Germany, but this one is American. The top is made from a coin stamped "A Century of American Methodism" and right where the crank goes through, a hole was drilled through the date, but it reads 1 - - 5. Francis Asbury, the founder of the Methodist church in the U.S. was born in 1745, but the Methodist church considers 1766 to be the date of the birth of American Methodism. (Two views)
8" round, no markings This niddy-noddy is wound with white thread and is finely carved. The ends of the winder form an X. Niddy-noddies were used to wind and measure yarn; once around the winder would be a known length of yarn. A rhyme was ofen said or sung with the winding and counting, usually including a refrain like "Niddy Noddy, Niddy Noddy, Two heads and one body." (Full length image)
7" round, single seam, no markings This niddy-noddy is strung with a single round of linen thread. (Full length image)
11" "2 pint" on the bottle, mould seams The bottom of the bottle has a construction made of notched and joined beams which is covered with little Victorian-style stickers. One says Happy Anniversary. On top of the structure is a yarn winder made of two tones of wood, light and dark. It is wound with both light and dark yarns. (Full length image)
6" including wooden stopper square bottle with truncated corners, no marking on glass The yarnwinder in this bottle is simple and wound with red and white yarns. The stopper extends down the neck and holds the winder in place. The bottle is signed on a piece of paper in the bottom: "Made by H. H. Hutchins Maquoketa Iowa 1915 Born Feb 5th 1839". This man made other bottles like this one which are not pictured on this site. (Full length image)
6" including wooden stopper round bottle, no markings This bottle has a niddy-noddy with X's at both ends, wound with red and white yarn; the whole thing is tied up in a white satin ribbon. Niddy-noddies were used to wind and measure yarn; once around the winder would be a known length of yarn. A rhyme was ofen said or sung with the winding and counting, usually including a refrain like "Niddy Noddy, Niddy Noddy, Two heads and one body." (Full length image)
9" round bottle, no markings This bottle contains a rack like a quilt or blanket rack with three cross pieces. Each of these cross pieces has a winder whimsey, strung with different colors of thread. The bottle is signed "Jens Jensen 2126 6th Avenue" but no city is written. (Full length image)
6" round, no markings This bottle contains a yarn winder on a stand, built out of turned posts of unpainted wood. Blue and white pompoms decorate the sides, and a canopy made of yarn wound around a ring with hanging tassels is suspended by a macrame support that is pulled through the cork. The maker of this bottle made at least one other identical to this one. (Full image)


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