This is a most stylish and usable silk or wool holder to hold the ball safely contained with the addition of a chain over one’s wrist. The ball can be opened in two halves with a hinge on one side and a small knob on the other. The yarn is held within the centre of the ball and when closed, the two halves make a small tunnel through which the thread can be passed. The ball closes securely. It is very decorative having an acorn with four leaves on the top and a dangling acorn at its lower end. The substance of the ball is of cut-out design so that the yarn can be easily seen and one can tell how much of it still remains available for use. These balls were used by skilled knitters and needle women doing crochet and possibly even tambour work. This would be a gorgeous item to use or to add to a collection of unusual needlework tools that are worn as a fashion statement and are of similar concept to waist-hung and finger ring chatelaines. This item is included in my book “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 302 and a beautiful filigree example currently listed on this site was featured in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” on page 273. Maximum length including acorns (without chain) 5 ins (12.7cm), diameter 2.5 ins (6.4cm). Weight 88 grams.