Sweerie Box (Da)
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Sweerie, or sweery, is a Scottish word for a box with an iron pin or piece of wire fitted horizontally inside on which the bobbins were slid, to facilitate the spinning of two- or three-ply thread from the yarn on each bobbin. One such device was described in 1880 thusly:
Wool after being teased by hand, and oiled by oil from fish livers was beaten by a stick and then put into a basket they called a ‘sweerock'. That was a basket made in the shape of a bee hive close and flat in the bottom with a hole in the top that the wool was put in at and taken out as the operator required it.
- Quoted in Dictionary of the Scots Language,