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Spindle - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Wooden, circa 1980s Object Reg. No: SH 912584

Wooden spindle made by Adolph Bruhn & Son, circa 1980s. It was found in Area A at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.
Small spindle made from rose/fawn-coloured wood. Spindle is largely smooth and tapers towards the bottom end. There are two grooved areas situated near the top and bottom ends. Bottom end is flat with a shallow, circular depression situated in the centre. Top end is shaped like a bowler hat.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 23.51 cm (Height), 8.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: german communities, german immigration, woodturning industry, handcrafts
Themes this item is part of: Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Woodturning
Tertiary Classification: products
Manufacturer: Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980s
Maker (Probable): Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980s

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