Here is an antique Turkish Spindle that belongs to a local spinner/weaver/knitter who has loaned it to me to post here. On the side it is inscribed with the name “Ahmet” and weights between 2.6 and 2.8 ozs. It’s riddled with holes where insects have eaten thru it and the tips are broken off on either end of the long arms. There is a residual of red paint on the bottom of the shorter arm and the long arm has decorative carving. The top has a notch carved into it and the entire pice appears to be hand carved. It spins surprisingly well and I was immediately able to get a good spin and a decent yarn sample. The arms fit together the small on going thru the big on and the shaft flares ever so slightly underneath those arms to stabilize their position. The shaft is just a bit over 10 inches long. The long arm is 6 3/4 inches long and an inch wide and the short arm is 5.5 inches long and an inch wide (width looking down at the spindle from the top). From bottom to top the short arm is a .5 inches and the long arm starts at at right about an inch and tapers to .5 inch.
I’d Love to get a spindle like this someday so please message me if you know where they can be found online:>.