UPDATE to search for Wheel Maker = see end of post.
OOPS ~ I did it again. That Rabbit Hole sure is a slippery slope!
Doesn’t there exist an adage about “no see, no want, no buy?” Surely more elegantly phrased, but you get the idea. My downfall was that I peeked. Saw it, went to visit, bought & brought it home. Given my last post, you’ll know this wheel has plenty company here at our house. It’s less than 24 hours, so I’m still decompressing from the thrill of discovery, and still becoming acquainted with her rosy loveliness. I know….I know….I said I was content with my flock of wheels. But that was then. You wouldn’t begrudge me just a wee bit more contentment, eh?
There is just a wee bit of history for provenance. The seller was a spinner who’s owned it since purchasing in 1983 from a woman who’d gotten it at an antique store, and only kept the wheel for decoration. The spinner entered this wheel in the 2nd Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase, held nearby in Aurora, Oregon. The same event is now (2013) on its 31st showcase, so that was 29 years ago.
Provided with the wheel was a delightful surprise, the original brochure from the event. Although it’s not dated with the year, it does have “2nd Annual” on the cover of the tri-folded paper.
I’m going to post the photos on Ravelry, in the Antique Spinning Wheel group, to ask for help with possible identification.
And I’ve sworn (for the next few months anyway) NOT to peek where spinning-wheels-seeking-new-homes may lurk!
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UPDATE: A very clever member of the Ravelry group ~ who is also a member of my spinning guild~ provided the likely answer regarding the maker of this wheel. It appears to be nearly 100% identical to a wheel made by Alfred Andresen. See mention in the Spinning Wheel Sleuth #53, from 2006. http://www.spwhsl.com/iss_53/detail53.htm The photo is a twin to my own wheel. Virtually the only difference I can detect is a slight variation at the widest part of each wheel spoke.
Also found on a blog is this post ~with photos~ about her Alfred Andresen wheel, but it has a name boldly embossed in the wheel’s hub. Alas…mine does not.