Complementary Antique Collections

Michigan couple's antique collections put it all together.

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Left: Often called flax wheels, foot-treadle-powered spinning wheels such as this aged horizontal bobbin and flyer model are among Jo’s favorites.Above left: This relatively evolved butter churn employs dasher paddles mounted on the crankshaft that literally beat the butter out of the cream.Above right: This treadle-powered grindstone, now out to pasture at the McCausey estate, is only one of many such devices that now find firm footing in the garden.Right: Early American farms used covered wooden firkins such as these to store lard, butter, sugar and other foodstuffs.