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Maker(s):Dunlap workshops
Title:clock reel
Date Made:ca. 1800
Type:Tool - Textile Working
Materials:wood: maple, white pine
Place Made:United States; southern New Hampshire
Measurements:overall: 40 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.; 102.235 x 64.77 x 52.07 cm
Accession Number:  HD 82.024
Credit Line:Gift of Russell Ward Nadeau in memory of D.J. and Alice Shumway Nadeau
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Clock reel attributed to the Dunlap family workshops in southern New Hampshire, which descended in the Perkins family. Some productive labor found a place in the parlor, which provided a comfortable setting for conversation with neighbors and a medium for expressing diligence and skill. Many Scots-Irish households in southern New Hampshire made fine linen for sale. While most clock reels are utilitarian in appearance, this example has fashionable turnings and a carved counter on the box, which is mounted on a shortened version of a candlestand. The style of the turning suggests the workmanship of Samuel Dunlap (1752-1830) who lived in Henniker and Salisbury, New Hampshire. This clock reel counted forty revolutions to measure a skein of yarn around its arms. The reel has six ornamental turned balusters, each terminating with spools, and a narrow box encasing the gear mechanism to which is attached a carved counter within an insided dial with the numbers "5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40." The box is mounted on a baluster shaft with an acorn drop and three chamfered legs, which is a shortened version of a candlestand. The profiles of the shaft and legs, the chamfering on the legs, and the drop at the base of the shaft relates most closely to candlestands attributed to the Dunlap Shops.

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