This is a wonderful and rare sewing, embroidery and or knitter's or lacemaker's tool. It is a skein winder and is of particularly elegant form and without damage. This dates to 1700s, is entirely hand made, lathe turned and lovely. I can't tell you exactly how it worked, but I know they are used in winding silk or woolen yarns and making the twist right for sewing, so something in the winding did add the worst or twist to the threads and yarns. One person explained it to me in detail years ago in Paris, but my French was not secure enough to get every bit of her story about the rare old item. I think it's a fabulous decorative item for a tabletop or side table, and would be gorgeous in a sewing or knitting or embroidery boutique as a display item. Dates to 1700s. I have seen 2 in museums over the years and one was nearly an exact mate to this one, dated 1750 on the museum documentation, noted as "silk winder" and as French.
Very good to excellent, the bottom is a spools or sewing box. and opens by sliding the lid sections. The elegance of the old wood and all that intricately carved work in decorative style is superb, and accented well by the wheels. The overall height is 27" tall and box is 7.5" x 5" plus the feet, which are also nicely carved. The top center finial has a repaired break near the narrow bottom, secured with internal metal pin. No other notable chips, no losses, no breaks. Wear commensurate with age, but very light.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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