This is a very large thread winder in similar shape to the smaller versions used for needlework. It appears to be of an early plastic and is wound with a thick braided silk. Similar but not identical examples can be seen in the Down Bros. Catalogue (London) of 1900 – see image of part of the relevant page. Such items were capable of being sterilized but this would may not be possible for the temperatures used today. This is therefore a most interesting item for a collection of thread winders or for collectors of antique surgical memorabilia. Width 3.5 ins (9cm). Weight 20 grams.