18th Century Winding Tools for Yarn or Thread

Various types of clock reels, swifts, and niddy-noddies (hand reels). Elsewhere on this site, you can find winding tools from the 14th-16th centuries.

  • Miniature winding-tools from a dollhouse, 17th-18th century
  • Wooden hand reels from Lanarkshire, Scotland, 18th century
  • The hard-working mother by Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, 1740
  • Industry and Idleness: The Fellow 'Prentices at their Looms by William Hogarth, 1747
  • Diagram of Fil, Roüet, Dévidoirs in the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, s.n. Fil et laine, 1765
  • Handwerke und Künste: Der Scheerer, Elementarwerke für die Jugend und ihre Freunde, 1774
  • GUCO 1625, a niddy-noddy from Maine, marked "1777"
  • PMA 1938-6-1, a measuring reel, Pennsylvania, c. 1780-1800
  • The Wool Winder by Pehr Hilleström
  • A yarn-winder from Dalry parish in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, 18th or 19th century
  • Historic New England 1986.285, a clock reel, c. 1800-1850