Here it is, isn't gorgeous? I would hardly have guessed it was second hand (only a nick here and there)
I also got some naturally colored wool for spinning at historical events (no neon yellows and vibrant pinks there!) Not sure what kind of wool it is but it has a long staple length and is pretty soft!
My parents own an online historical sewing pattern company that sells primarily to reenactors and theatre companies and we attend several events to sell patterns. I absolutely love to dress up in period attire for these events and now I can bring a historically correct spinning wheel and spin! That is why they bought the wheel; it is part of the business (even though I am the only one in the family who can spin so far...)
Now don't think I have forgotten about my precious Ladybug, because, I haven't! This wheel is super awesome to look at and to take to reenactments and festivals, but there is a reason that modern wheel have evolved from their ancestors.
Exhibit A: The treadle. Singular, one treadle. I think it is easier to get into a rhythm with two treadles and both of your feet are sharing the work so one foot doesn't cramp up after a long time.
Exhibit B: The tensioning system. This is not the most advanced tensioning system out there and it is a little harder to find the most precise tension since there is no spring, just a cord. (Will have to look into that one...)
Exhibit C: The flyer. This flyer only has a row of hooks on one side of it. I am not sure if you can ply the yarn by keeping the yarn on the same hooks and just spinning in the same direction? Again, something I will have to look into... I may be spinning only on this and moving it to ply onto the Ladybug.
Exhibit D: The orifice hole. It is really small and I like to play with big bulky art yarns. I already have a little trouble with the Ladybug and wanting a bulky flyer for it...
So, in short, this wheel is totally awesome looking for historical demonstrations and will be fun for spinning obsessionally but for my everyday use the Ladybug will remain my wheel of choice for practical reasons!