It's my birthday today, and Hubby got me the most wonderful present, a drop spindle custom designed specially for me by Thomas Golding, the Tudor Rose:
This is the band on the rim, sterling silver with roses on:
It has a cherry whorl with some amazing scroll work, between the white petals there are tiny holes. The rose is hand-painted. Weight is 1.24oz, which is just about perfect, I was looking for something in that range. It spins fast, and for ages, it's nicely balanced, and I love it! It's also pictured on Golding's custom designs page.
The Tudor Rose is a British symbol created in the late 1480's after the Wars of the Roses by combining the Red Rose of the Lancasters and the White Rose of the Yorks. It's my favourite British emblem and if I ever had a tattoo, this would be it. Thank you Hubby!