Victorian Lace Making Bobbin MINNIE Bone English Circa 1870
A beautiful little 19th century tool for lace making. Dating to around 1870 and originating from England. Most probably the Midlands area of England; there they used this type of Bobbin to produce English lace. This very old craft is highly skilled. These bone or carved wooden weights had glass beads or spangles threaded to the base. This was a weight mechanism to pull the threads straight on the Lace makers Pillow. Depending on the type of lace produced, some patterns could require up to 50 pairs of bobbins.
Our pretty little examples measures just over 4" long or 5.25" to tip of beaded weight.
This intricate bobbin is turned from one solid piece of bone and has a turned set of colored rings above and below the name MINNIE. This name has been impressed with a hot poker. Please see its plainer partner TA10326A sold separately. Attached to the end finial are the glass spangles. Many lovely glass beads ranging from clear to pink, yellow and speckled blue glass. Lace makers would personalize their bobbins with the names of loved ones, family members etc.
Condition is lovely with a gorgeous natural smooth patina through usage.
This makes a super present for a needle worker, lace collector or special friend.
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