The making of bobbin lace was a large cottage industry in England until mechanization replaced it in the late 19th century. Lacemakers used the small turned and decorated bobbins wrapped with threads and pinned to pillows to weave elaborate patterns of exquisite design. Each bobbin was unique, hand made usually from wood or bone, and pierced with a spangle--a wire ring decorated with glass beads.
These three wooden bobbins probably date to the 1850’s and were likely made in the English East Midlands. Each is approximately 3 ½” long, turned on a treadle lathe, and inlaid with tiny pewter spots in a pattern known as Bedfordshire leopard. Their spangles include some wonderful early beads particularly the red and white speckled glass squares that were specially made and used for these spangles, keeping the bobbins that were not being used at the moment from rolling about on the lace pillow.
The bobbins are in excellent, original condition. Please examine the pictures and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
While you are here, do take a look at the other lace bobbins and sewing items I have for sale at this time. Thank you for visiting my shop today.
Three Mid 19thc English Lace Bobbins with Early Beads