Norwegian spinning wheel

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Titles Norwegian spinning wheel
Description Flyer or Saxony type spinning wheel made of oak with three turned legs supporting the stock. The wooden treadle shaft connects to a twelve-spoke wheel. The flyer assembly is intact with spindle, bobbin, and flyer. The treadle is attached with a knotted leather thong. The spinning wheel was made in 1845 in Norway by Ole Johnson Helland, a fisherman. Ole and his wife Anne Martha Olsdatter immigrated to the United States and brought the wheel along to Fillmore County, Minnesota. There Ole's son, Henry O. Helland Ulven, met and married Betsey Pederson, daughter of Norwegian immigrants. The couple moved to Dakota Territory, settling in Clear Lake, South Dakota, where Betsey used the wheel for spinning her own yarn and knitting clothing for her family. See also a wool rug made from yarn spun on this wheel, ID Number 70.16.59.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 34 inches height
23 inches width
36 inches length
Nomenclature spinning wheel
Materials oak (wood)
Creation Made by: Helland, Ole Johnson
Made in: Helland, Norway
Made by: Norwegians
Subjects Received by: Ulven, Henry Oscar Helland
Used by: Ulven, Betsey Pederson
Used in: Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States
Used in: Clear Lake, Deuel County, South Dakota, United States
Emigration and immigration
Household. Spinning. Spinning Equipment
Dates Creation: 1845
Use: Approximately 1870 (Date brought to the United States.)
Use: Approximately 1878 (Date brought to Fillmore County, Minnesota.)
Use: 1880 (Date bought to South Dakota.)
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 70.16.40 (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Cindy Nelson on February 17, 2020 02:49:29 PM
    Betsey Pederson Ulven was the aunt to my maternal grandfather. His cousin was Berdyne Ulven Halse. I would like to visit the history center in the future and I am interested in anything that may have been contributed by Berdyne to the history center. Besides this spinning wheel, I understand she contributed a picture album as well and would so love to view the photos inside. If I need to give notice before coming to view these things, please let me know. thanks so much, Cindy Nelson
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on February 18, 2020 10:44:34 AM
    While the majority of the MNHS Collection is available for viewing same day in the Gale Family Library (, viewing objects requires an appointment. Please email for more information.
  • Jeff Pederson on February 22, 2021 03:58:00 PM
    Berdyne Ulven Halse was my paternal grandfather's cousin. Her mom was a Pederson. Great Aunt Berdyne went back to live in Sandnes, Norway later in life. The Pederson family was from the town of Nesbyen, in the Hallingdal district of Norway. Much to my surprise, Ms. Nelson, who left the previous comment is likely my cousin. Jeff

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