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This old display case was probably used in the early 1900's in an old dry goods or general store. The spool cabinet is made of metal with a mahogany look. It has four glass front drawers with metal handles and reads with “Star Mercerized” across the top and “Fast Colors - Will Boil” across the bottom. Each drawer is divided for 10 rows of spooled sewing thread. There is a divider after the first spool so it can’t roll to the back of the drawer and therefore displays nicely with any remaining spool stock behind the divider. The sides and back of the cabinet all have the same graphics with the red and white star logo trade mark and reads; Star Mercerized Sewing Cotton - Fast Colors - Will Boil - American Thread Company.
For display purposes it comes with the 40 old, wooden spools of thread as shown in the pictures. Some of the spools have paper labels others do not and they are from a variety of companies and come with varying amounts of old thread. If the spools are not wanted the shipping weight will be slightly less but no other adjustment will be made.
The case measures about 15 ¾” wide by 14” deep by 8 3/8” high. Each spool slot measures about 1 ¼” wide and the drawers measure just over 1 ¼” deep. Overall it is in nice original condition with minor wear. The advertising is crisp with minimal wear. The overall finish has good gloss but there is some light scratch wear, a little spider webbing under the finish from poorly prepped metal and some other blemishes here and there. The glass drawer fronts appear to be original and have a few small nicks. Two of them have slightly larger chips along the top edge, I have shown a close-up of the largest. The hardware appears to be original but three seem to have some type of coating and the second one from the top does not.
The pictures are not shown at actual size. Please refer to the description for actual measurements.
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Vintage, Star Spool Cabinet - Metal Display Case
$385 USD SOLD
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