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This is a lovely vintage wooden drop spindle made by the late Bill Gayler.
I am not sure about the exact age, I am guessing it's 20 years plus.
As you can see from the photos the spindle has been in use, but it still spins nicely and there is no damage to it, just some marks from years long usage.

It is on the heavy side with a weight of 74g / 2.6oz. The total length including the hook is ~33cm.
Diameter of the large whorl ~7cm, the little one has 4cm. Distance between the two is ~12cm.
The top whorl has lovely metal (could be brass) decoration which isn't glued on but turns if you move it with your fingers.

As for the wood - I honestly cannot say for sure. The whorls could be mahagony, but as I am not certain I'd rather say that I do not know.

The spindle is a lovely collectors item - and it is a great spinner too.
Either way you will receive an unique handmade item.

Please convo me if you have any questions.

Thanks for looking,


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Unusual Handmade Vintage Drop Spindle


  • Vintage Supply
  • Materials: probably mahogany, probably oak
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