Every picture book or movie version of the tale of Sleeping Beauty [ well, that I’ve ever seen anyway ] has her pricking her finger on a spindle.
What the illustrations always … always … show is Ms Aurora / Briar Rose [ whatever your favourite version names her ] pricking her finger on a classic saxony style spinning wheel.
which doesn’t have a spindle.
If the spinster was producing linen thread, they might have had a spikey looking distaff [ which would be that thingy at the top ] to hold the flax, and if I thought about it at all, I would’ve figured that the distaff was what skewered the royal finger.
I would’ve been wrong.
Turns out that the forerunner to what we think of as the classic spinning wheel is a thing called a Muckle wheel, or waulking wheel, and they do have an extremely pointy iron spindle.
So there you go, she could have pricked her finger on a spindle.
I would’ve been pretty much prepared to bet that no one could prick their finger on a modern drop spindle.
I was wrong.
Someone wake me in a hundred years, okay ?