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I am researching ancient distaffs. 

I am working with Dr. Elizabeth Barber (_Prehistoric Textiles_, _Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years_),

but we are having some difficulty in locating various types of distaffs to study. 

We decided to put together an old fashioned Wanted Poster to encourage friends to keep their eyes open,

and to show what we are hoping to find. 

Would you please take a look?

We look forward to hearing from anyone who can assist.

Contact emails at the bottom.



If you spot a distaff, or a possible distaff, or have one or more you could share   images of with us, please contact:


Dr. Elizabeth Barber at


Kim Caulfield at