I got this neat old contraption from one of our best Vintage suppliers. He found it at a flea market in Connecticut.

Rotor spinner

It says “Rotor” on the outside pressed into the galvenized steel. The interior basket is tinned wire.

The coolest part is the drive mechanism which works by way of a ribbon wrapped around the driveshaft. You pull it out to start the spin and then when it reaches the end of the ribbon the basket changes direction and re-wraps the ribbon on the shaft so you can spin again!

I can’t find any patent info on this. Please send along any info you have on this cool old tool.

Spinner mecahnism

Spinner basket