Only had a few minutes to try her out but what can I say? I'm smitten! This may very well be the wheel of my dreams. It is an antique - likely made sometime around the turn of the century - and I don't mean this one...late 1800's to early 1900's. I was told it is a Laurence Canadian Production Wheel. The drive wheel is huge - I didn't measure it but apparently 30 to 32" is common.
I joined a group on Ravelry devoted to this type of wheel and I've been learning more about the typical characteristics of this type of wheel - the spokes are 'three bead' - I think you can just make out the three bumps on the spokes.
This picture isn't great - cell phone camera, after all.
The wheel will reside at the guild room for the time being. It really is a very large wheel and there isn't room in my living room for it right now.