Victorian Pair Sewing Reel Spool I P Clarkes Circa 1862 RARE
This is an unusual and highly decorative pair of sewing items to grace your antique sewing box.
This ornate pair of thread reels or spools date to the 19th century circa 1862. Both reels feature the embossed Royal Coat of Arms in foiled pink and white enamel? under a glass domed cover. The text around the Royal Coat of Arms reads “I. P. CLARKES PATENT”. On the reverse we find the impressed brass Royal Coat of Arms each with a slight variation in the design as shown in the images. The reels were clearly produced for the wealthier customer. Due to the level of workmanship, we suspect that they were show pieces produced for the exhibition below. The use of gilded brass, pink and white giving that feeling of quality.
On page 39, number 3651 in the “Official Catalogue of the Industrial Department by Anonymous, published by Cambridge University Press, 2013” I P Clarkes of Leicester are listed as “manufacturer of sewing cottons, reels, spooling and mill bobbins”. The catalogue was produced in 1862 to accompany London’s International Exhibition. The exhibition featured a wide variety of crafts from all over Britain and beyond. The exhibition opened in May and closed in November, 28,000 exhibitors showcased their wares and over 6 million people attended.
Measuring: Diameter 1” (2.5 cm). Height 1 1/8” (2.8 cm).
Both reels are in good condition free from damage or restoration. There is some dulling to the gilding and surface wear to the glass domes and natural patina to the metal structure but nothing that is in any way detrimental to their rarity or beauty. The reels are the perfect addition to any discerning sewing collection. This is a rare opportunity to own a unique pair of items. We have not find a similar pair yet.
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