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Finial for Umbrella Swift
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Title: Finial for Umbrella Swift
Identifier: 978.12.1c
Donor: Mr John Brown
Item Date: 1885-1895
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A finial with a flat round ball and five small black balls placed around it. There is a tapered piece attached to the bottom of the finial. A part for umbrella swift 978.12.1a.

The swift was made in Scotland, c 1890. A swift is a tool used to hold a skein of yarn while it is being wound. Swifts are used primarily for crocheters and knitters, as their yarn comes in skein form and the swift makes balling the yarn easier. The 'umbrella' swift made of wood is the most common, especially with hand spinners as they fold, which allows for easier storage and are more stable. _http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_%28textiles%29_
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