This extraordinary and special item is a silver filigree wool or silk holder with attached bangle. This must be almost as good as it gets for such an item and it has been featured in a couple of books. The wide bangle has a central panel of circular filigree wheels and attaches to a swiveling curved band which joins on to the filigree ball. The ball actually also rotates on this band. The ball is composed of panels of very delicate silver filigree with top and bottom finials. Of great interest is the centre of the ball which pulls apart for insertion of a ball of wool or silk and then slots back into itself, leaving a small square hole for the thread to be passed through. The central band is engraved and appears to read, ‘Heinrich Stern Neustratel’ and is dated 28.11.1855. This is therefore a rare item having a specific date accompanied by the quality of the workmanship. The condition is very good for age although the two halves of the ball can be slightly fiddly to fit back into each other. This is an item for the connoisseur collector rather than an item for use. Maximum length of ball and bangle 8 ins (20.3cm). Circumference of ball 7.75 ins (19.6cm). Weight 100 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Chatelaines - Utility to Glorious Extravagance", on page 273 and in Nerylla Taunton's book, "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries".