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

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Description: A wooden wheel with a circular hole in the centre and a groove around the edge, which makes the bottom edge bigger than the top one. There are five small holes on the underside of the wheel. A part of umbrella stand. 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. _
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