Yarn Winders and Spinning Wheel Bottles

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13 5/8" tall,
4 1/2" in diameter
pale green glass, very thick, old bottle A yarn winder with green thread is placed between four whittled posts very similar to the bottle directly below. On top of each post is a cloth flag, like but not American flags: red and white strips, and a circular pattern of white stars on a blue field. It is signed D. CARR on one side of a cross piece below the winder, and dated 1879 on the other side. (Full image and closeup)
10 1/8" tall, 3" in diameter round bottle, stamped "Alfred Wright Perfumer Rochester New York" in a medallion on one side 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." (Full image, closeups and more about Stingel)
c 11 1/2" round quart The structure in this bottle is similar to another with spindles and tassles, but this one is threaded through the ends of the spindles with colored thread. "Yarn trees" like this one are not really spinning wheels or yarn winders but, as bottles, were inspired by simpler yarn winder designs. (Full image and closeup)
11" round bottle, "4/5 Quart" embossed near the top The niddy-noddy in this bottle is not fully strung; the string only goes around every other arm. But the center "pole" of the structure is painted green and white stripes like a barber pole, and a green lizard-like creature is climbing the pole. (Full length image)
15 1/2" including stopper round gallon or larger This large bottle contains a structure like a platform with four posts, whittled and decorated with gold paint. On the floor of the platform stands a china doll in a red dress. Above her is a yarn winder wound with red, white and blue thread. The bottle is signed "1890 John Elinger" and was found in the Kansas City area. (Full length image)
10" round bottle, no markings Great care was taken with the structure hanging from the stopper in this bottle. The arms of each of the three winders are wrapped in shiny thread, as is the central post. Then the winders are wound one to another with twisted shiny thread and hung with bobbins of thread. It is of Amish origin from Indiana but it is not signed or dated. It is somewhat similar to another bottle with dangling bobbins and shiny thread. (Full length image)
8 1/2" round bottle, no markings This rather plain yarn winder is wrapped with blue and white yarn in a criss-cross pattern. On the central shaft is emacrame.htmlny tintype, seen approximately actual size at the left. The date Mch 1877 is written on the other side of the shaft. (Full image)
8" round bottle, early; no markings This bottle contains a structure with arms coming out from a central shaft. It is threaded through the ends of the arms, and several bobbins, wound with black and silver thread, hang from the ends of the arms. It is somewhat similar to another bottle with shiny thread and bobbins. (Full image)
15" round bottle, no markings This large bottle contains a niddy noddy with crosses at top and bottom. It is threaded with red and white yarn. Niddy noddies were used to wind and measure yarn; once around the pieces at the ends was a known length. As yarn was wound, a jingle was often said or sung, the refrain of which was something like "Niddy noddy, niddy noddy, two heads and one body." (Full image)
8" incl. stopper small round bottle embossed "H. T. &. Co." around the top; carved stopper extends above with turning device This bottle contains a ssix-armed yarn winder on a four-armed base with another four-armed cross at the top with flags hanging down. The winder can be turned by means of a crank coming out of the stopper. The wood is beautifully finished. The style and subject of this bottle all suggest an early date, late nineteenth century perhaps. H.T. & Co. was Henry Thayer & Co., a medicine maker, from Cambridgeport, MA, and was in business as early as 1879 (catalog on the internet). (Full image)