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Cape Breton Centre for Heritage & Science

Wheel, Spinning

Accession number: 2019.77.1
Object type: Table Top mountable
Date: circa 1870
Materials: Wood
Measurements: 72 cm L x 45 cm Diameter
Description: A Hurdy Wheel or Nute Spinner. A table mountable wooden spinning wheel with a broken multiplying spinning head. Fragments of rough rope attached in various locations.
History of Use: John Henry Nute was an American-born inventor / spinning wheel designer, who made spinning wheels in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, at New Glasgow. Judith Buxton wrote the following about an example of his work that was later collected by Dorothy W. Kirk and Harry J. Kirk. "This table top spinning wheel from Nova Scotia was patented in 1870. Referred to as a "hand spinner" by its inventor, John Henry Nute, of New Glasgow, its official title is "Nute's Improved, Combined, Spinning, Reeling and Quilling Machine". This is the so-called "Hurdy" wheel referred to in several publications...It appears to have enjoyed some popularity in eastern Canada as it has been found in Quebec and Ontario as well as the Atlantic Provinces.