Russian distaff, a wooden panel given by young men to young ladies in contemplation of Marriage. A household item ladies sat on as they did weaving of multi- yarn items. Part of women's cultural roles as the weaver and maker of a families fabric needs. This provincial distaff made in three sections to store away easily and quickly painted in traditional motifs. The size is in total 36" tall and 11" wide at the top, Balance foot is 23.5" long. Antique with some splitting to the central connection as shown in the detailed photos. Repaired and tighten, paints shown wear and use. Waxed finish.