A wonderful and rare item, this is a tabletop skein winder for either silk or wool yarns, threads, and dates back to early to mid-1800s. It is complete, has expandable arms that allow for a width of 20" as it's show, or collapse to about half that for storage or a smaller winding distance. Storage of balled or skeined yarns there in the bowl of the base, too. Accents of different colored woods used, and the addition of alabaster make it as lovely a furniture piece as it useful and delightful to the seamstress or yarn crafter. Full measurements are noted on our photos. This is a nice large tabletop piece, very decorative! Just in from France and my buying trip of Spring, 2018. Won't last long. These never do.
Very good to excellent, both spools are complete and lovely. They can remove from posts so that just yarn skeining can also be done. The extending arms are smooth-gliding and can be pushed to about 12" in width rather than the fully extended 20", or remove completely for easier storage (and shipment). Alabaster has no chips or cracks or breaks, and the old woods are just beautiful. A very nice old tool, indeed.
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