A while ago I posted a story about my luck finding a Little Peggy spinning wheel on Ebay. Well I’ve been lucky again and managed to buy a Wee Peggy on Gumtree. I spotted her about three weeks ago and contacted the seller only to find she lived over an hour’s drive from my home and in an area where I never generally travel to.
I was all geared up to drive over to Wights Mountain (near Samford Village) last Saturday but it rained solidly nearly all day and I just wasn’t brave enough to travel that far in the rain. I hate driving at the best of times but when driving to an area that I’m not familiar with I hate it even more.
Anyway we planned for me to drive over this Saturday just gone and at the last moment it was changed to the Sunday. Thank goodness for my Navman is all I can say. It got me there in one piece and relatively unscathed. It was a lovely drive once you left suburbia….very rural with long roads and few homes.
Here she is….my gorgeous Wee Peggy. This is the photo that appeared in the Gumtree ad. Note the yarn still around some of the bobbins. It completely disintegrated when I tried to take it off. I think it had been sitting there for many years. She’s a bit dusty.
But after a bit of a clean up and some oiling, here she is…
I will need to replace the hooks with brand new ones as these are a bit rusty and rough. I’ll also need to buy some string to use as a drive belt.
She came with all four bobbins as opposed to my Little Peggy which only came with two. Between the two of them I now have six bobbins!
You can get a glimpse of the original wood colour where the paint was not applied too thickly in this area of the wheel.
She even came with the original threader hook. These are usually misplaced over the years. It’s a bit rough and rusty too but I may be able to replace it with another piece of wire.
Here are my two babies….Little Peggy on the left and Wee Peggy on the right. Don’t they make lovely conversation pieces?
And here’s their big sister, Ashford Traditional…
There’s a fantastic website about Little Peggies and Wee Peggies which can be accessed here. It has lots of great photos and shows the history of the wheels and their subtle changes over the years.
I would love to totally restore the Wee Peggy but I think stripping the paint from her would be a mammoth job as there are so many nooks and crannies. Maybe I should just learn to love her dark walnut colour.
By the way, the website also describes how Wee Peggy differs from Little Peggy: the flyer assembly is central over the wheel, with the orifice resting on top of a truncated front maiden, which would have made it easier and safer to ship across the world.
Off to get some dinner. Hope you’ve enjoyed my story about my Peggies.
Until next time….