Wm. R. Robertson Posted May 3, 2014 Share Posted May 3, 2014 If there is enough interest I will tell the whole story of making a both a 1/12th and 1/6th scale copy of a 18th C. Ladies French Table Top Spinning Wheel for Silk. This story will take some time and this thread will get very long…...This story, as all miniature copies starts with the original and since it is from France, therefor we must go there. So years ago I found myself shopping the streets of Paris for antiques. Now this does not mean buying as often the the objects I like are way beyond my means, but the search for something wonderful that would make a perfect miniature. So we find ourselves in a little shop on rue Jacob….And in this shop is a beautiful tiny spinning wheel with a Severe base, rosewood turnings and gold gilt metalwork…… it is also priced at 200,000 French Francs! As I recall that was around $ 30,000.Now I had been thinking about these types of spinning wheels for some time and had even started a little picture file….Now why were these so small and who could have used them? These were for Ladies of Court and want to be's, they were not made for serious work in industry, they were made to play at a little spinning while chatting with friends. This was the time when the Queen Marie Antoinette like to play at being a milk maid at Versailles. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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