Clock reel

Clock reel
Clock reel
Clock reel
Overall (approx.): 35 x 27 x 15 1/2 in. (88.9 x 68.6 x 39.4 cm)
Wooden clock reel with four arms joined to a squared shaft supported between two uprights mounted at either side of one end of a rectangular plank raised on four short, splayed legs; turning mechanism mounted between uprights consisting of two wooden gears with sawtooth edges, the uppermost and smaller of the two fitting into four rectangular slots carved into sides of shaft.
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Gift of George W. Nash
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A clock reel had either four or six arms around which a length of yarn was wound in order to measure it. If the distance around the arms measured 2 yards, then forty turns of the device would yield a "knot" (a length of 80 yards). A skein (560 yards) was the equivalent of 7 knots.
The George W. Nash Collection of Ulster County, New York Household Artifacts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group