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Someone offered to donate this as a decorative piece for my arts center  but I have no idea what it is.  This is the only photo I have so far,  and am unaware of size or markings.   I'm perplexed by what appears to be a hand crank and two huge,  practically solid wheels.   And it's so chunky!

Can anyone here shed a little light on this for me?  Thanks!
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Spinning wheel?

 
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Yep! My friend just informed me that it's a tabletop Turkish spinning wheel.   I'm so excited! Will post updates when it arrives!
 
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You have it threaded wrong. Search "two wheel Turkish spinning wheel". You'll see.
 
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Oh wow!  If you ever want to get rid of it, let me know.  Gorgeous!

It's an accelerated wheel with a design common in the Middle East and North Africa.  Often called a Turkish Spinning Wheel.  Good for spinning cotton.
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