This is an interesting treen table clamp which holds a large revolving winder which would have been used for winding skeins of thread into a ball or to hold a shorter section of thread on the winder. At the top is a removable cup-shaped finial which does not move. One can postulate that this may have been for pins, a pin cushion or for beads. Once this is unscrewed the revolving section can also be taken off the central spindle, possibly to aid in removal of the thread. Such clamps were quite often used in pairs but these are now harder to find. The condition of this clamp is very good for age and it is a lovely piece of treen (probably oak) and would also be an interesting addition to a collection of needlework tools. It was acquired some time ago from the renowned expert on needlework tools, Nerylla Taunton. Length 8.75 ins (22.2cm). Weight 74 grams.
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