This is an unusual buy for me. What caught my eye was the very ornate cast iron base. The base appears to have had a gray paint at one time. It holds a large spool of thread (too big for home use). There is an arm and weight on the shaft with holes. I would term this a threader or thread feeder. The base is 10" in diameter. It stands 14" tall. This is a great decorator item for a sewing enthusiast. The spool of thread is included.