Yarn Winders and Spinning Wheel Bottles

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10 3/8" tall total, 3 1/8" wide, 2 1/16" deep stopper is inverted bottle with initials BTB embossed on it; no other markings on either bottlle. The bottom bottle contains a spinning wheel wound with four double rows of white thread. There are four whittled posts at the corners and a paper rooster standing on top of each side of the structure holding the spinning wheel. The bottle is topped with a second bottle, inverted, both held in place with a locking stopper that goes into each bottle. The top bottle contains a tiny chair with no seat. (Full image and closeups)
5 1/2" round This beautiful little puzzle bottle shows the ingenuity of the artist. The central shaft is stacked with crossed pieces which alternate directors. Every other row of crosses has notched ends which are threaded together like a yarn winder. The alternating cross pieces have silver balls and tassles hanging from their ends. (Full length picture)
8" round bottle, no markings; broken piece at the neck. This bottle contains a structure of four levels of heavy crosses on a central shaft separated by three thinner crossed pieces. The heavy crosses are carved in patterns and threaded with a heavy white cord. From the ends of the thinner pieces dangle white tassles. (Full image)
13" high, 4 1/2" in diameter round bottle, no markings; 1" wooden stopper This bottle contains a structure of several arms around a central shaft, threaded through the ends with a heavy white thread and hung all through with beads and large tassles which look like drawer pulls. (Full image)
7 1/2" tall, 2 1/4" in diameter round bottle, no markings This bottle has a four-armed yarn winder wound with a heavier gauge perl cotton. Dangling from the four ends of the double cross piece at the top are painted ivory egg-shaped beads. The beads are threaded to open, and inside of each one is a pair of tiny ivory dice, about one eighth of an inch cube. And twisting around in the winder's threads is a black snake which seems to be made of wood, possibly a tendril from a vine. (Full image and closeups)
7" 1/2 tall, 2 1/4" in diameter round bottle, no markings This bottle has a four-armed yarn winder wound with a heavier gauge perl cotton. Dangling from the four ends of the double cross piece at the top are painted ivory egg-shaped beads. The beads are threaded to open, and inside of each one is a pair of tiny ivory dice, about one eighth of an inch cube. And twisting around in the winder's threads is a black snake which seems to be made of wood, possibly a tendril from a vine. (Full image and closeup)
8 1/2" tall, almost 5" at widest part cut glass or crystal decanter This decanter contains a loom with two dolls weaving, but it does not seem to have the patina and age of the older weaver bottles (two shown below). The fabric and lace of the dresses seems newer, and the dolls themselves, especially the blond, looks like the reproduction china dolls made for dollhouses. The piece of fabric on the loom was actually ravelled from a whole piece and wound onto the loom. (Full image and closeup)
11" tall, 3 1/4" in diameter plain round quart, no markings The bottle contains an armed tree structure wih whittled tokens on the arms (hearst and lozenges), strung with white thread on some of the arms. The opposite arms have white thread tassles and brown wooden beads. The top appears to have been painted black at one point. It is not signed or dated. (Full image and closeup)
7 1/2" tall, 5" wide, 2 1/2" deep rectangular early bottle, no markings This little bottle contains a red loom with two china dolls weaving. They are dressed in light blue checked dresses and yellow shawls. At the very top of the loom is a yarn winder and a stub of wood about an inch high dressed in a tiny swatch of blue checked cloth and yellow shawl. The artist, not having room for a third doll in the bottle, made this tiny person to sit at the yarn winder. There are several weavers bottles known, but none of the others have the little third doll. (Full image and closeup)
7 1/2" tall, 5" wide, 2 1/2" deep rectangular early bottle, no markings An early bottle with a wooden loom and two weaving china dolls, this one is similar to the other old ones on this website and may have come from Scandinavia. (Full image and closeups)
12" tall, 2 1/2" in diameter round bottle, no markings; thin glass This bottle contains a structure of heavy and thin arms radiating from a central shaft. The heavy square arms are wound with blue and white thread. Pastel silk tassles hang from the thin arms. The stopper, which extends the height of the bottle by 4 3/4", is a large ball-in-cage topped with a cross, varnished to the color of walnut. At the top of the cross is the date 1878 on both sides, as well as on both sides of the locking bar. The bottom is signed Harrison Shinck Jan 10th 1878 Louisville Ky." (Full image and closeup)


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