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Encyclopaedia of the North East

S - Spear to Spinning wheel

A large ornate printed capital letter S with spinning frames and spear heads.

spear n 
A weapon consisting of a point mounted on a shaft.


spinning wheel n 
A machine for spinning yarn, a wheel driven by a treadle or the hand which turns one or two spindles. 

Some years ago linen yarn was manufactured to a considerable extent... giving employment to a number of flax dressers, and industrious female spinners throughout the country. A good spinner, when sitting steadily at her wheel, could earn with ease 6d or 8d a day. Now 1d or 2d can with difficulty be made out for the same quantity and quality of thread.
Rev James Cruickshank 1842, Turriff