Another treasure: Nagy spinning wheel

About once a year I get on Craig’s list and look up spinning wheels. I did that in 2012 and there it was: the Schacht wheel I had been hoping for. This time, right in front of my eyes was an ad for a Nagy wheel. Made in New Zealand of rare Kauri wood, I had been interested in one like this since visiting the Kauri forest and museum on the North Island of New Zealand in 2009. It needed some work, having worn out the leather bearings inside the bobbins, but I could not resist.

New Zealand made Nagy spinning wheel, 1972 vintage
New Zealand made Nagy spinning wheel, 1972 vintage

10 thoughts on “Another treasure: Nagy spinning wheel

  1. I have one of these wheels it is dark and has metal tag that reads 1981 Nagy By Woodspin Wellington N.Z. I was wondering its value. I am thinking of selling it, but can not find it on the web to find price to put on it. Thank you for your time Sandy

  2. I also have an I. Nagy wheel 1977. It’s in perfect condition all original although I replaced the hooks with a larger size. I still have the original hooks and 5 bobbins. I’m considering selling it and would like your opinion on value.
    Thank you.
    Lynne

      1. Hi Norma,
        Lynne sold hers for $400. It was a 1977 upright wheel with 5 bobbins and 3 whorls. What is your wheel like? Do you have a photo?

  3. If anyone is selling their Nagy upright wheel I’d be interested. Please let me know. I had one – lost it in a house fire & would love another. Felt like the Rolls-Royce of spinning wheels 🙂

  4. Hi, I have a Nagy wheel that I bought off someone about 10 years ago and would love to start using it. However their seems to be a part missing off the back end of the flyer. I sent a photo to someone here and they said I needed a new maiden, but they couldn’t supply it. From what I could see the maiden seems fine, but it has a bit of leather with a hole attached. The end of the flyer sits in here, but the hole is bigger that the metal running through the flyers. Can anyone shed any light on what may be missing. I am struggling to find a picture of a Nagy at the right angle so I can work it out.

  5. I have just found this website as I was searching for the price of a Nagy saxon-style spinning wheel for insurance as I am shipping it from Australia back to New Zealand. For those who love Nagy wheels, mine is a bit of a problem and I hope in time to be able to remedy two issues. A previous owner has glued the rear upright of the mother-of-all into the front hole, so the mother-of-all is back to front!!!! The second issue is of the treadle – a piece of wood has been inserted between the treadle and the bar across the front so that the treadle is now at least 2-3 inches off the floor. I can only imagine this was done because the then owner wanted to spin in high heels!!! It is so high that I cannot spin it properly in bare feet or socks – my preferred way to spin. Other than that it is an absolutely beautiful wheel – that is why it is travelling in a custom-made box, well padded and secured.

    If an owner of a Nagy can help, could you please advise me the distance from the floor to the top of the treadle, when the treadle is parallel to the floor.

  6. I need the metal piece that goes into the thing on the maiden where the spool goes in. Are parts available anywhere? Mine is from 1975.

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