1) An implement used in the textile trade but of uncertain meaning. It was associated with and possibly part of the bartrees, as a hand-loom accessory.
1576 one Lome Damyselles Bartrees Horne Wheile and all other thynges therunto belongyng, Leeds
1630 a pair of bartrees and damsel, Leeds. Under the headword ‘maiden’, the OED quotes a.1688 ‘The Maidens or Damsels, the two stands in which the Spindle turns’.