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 3.5" long or 4 1/8" to tip of beaded weight.
This intricate bobbin is turned from one solid piece of bone and has a turned set of colored rings. Sometimes they are hand decorated with red & black paint. Sometimes impressed (usually with a hot poker) with a persons or owners name. Please see its partner with the name Minnie sold separately. Attached to the end finial are the glass spangles. Many lovely glass beads ranging from clear to red, pale pink and speckled pink glass.
Condition is lovely with a gorgeous mellow coloring and natural smooth patina through usage.
This makes a super present for a needle worker, lace collector or special friend.
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