This is a lovely and unusual example of Mauchline ware being a treen thread and thimble compendium. It consists of a circular box with the lid decorated with a lithograph of Burns Monument and this is framed with a gilt and blackened border. Around the side are six portholes and beneath these are numbers for different dimensions of thread (40 x 2, 50 x 2 and 60 x 2). When opened, the lid is enhanced with a large trademark for Clark & Co Paisley and their anchor mark. The base of the box is lined with a deep blue paper and has a central tubular space which is lined and would be for a thimble. Surrounding this are six straight pegs which would be to hold reels of thread with the ends of the thread then passing through the appropriate sized porthole. The condition of the box is very good for age. The blue lining on the base shows some sign of wear but this is still a most desirable item for a collection of needlework tools or treen, in particular, Mauchline pieces. Diameter 4 ins (10.1cm), depth 2 ins (5cm). Weight 128 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 300.
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