Yes it is a later version. It was actually a gift from my mother...I think she purchased it from a craft show a couple decades ago. They're so impossible to find that I've been contemplating making some.
It is an awesome drop spindle, the only one that I really like to use. I wouldn't say that my fiber art is awesome, but this spindle is well loved and well used. I use my wheel at home and take this spindle when I'm traveling. It's great.