A delightfully scarce 19th century lace making glass bobbin from circa 1860. We feel sure that this is a rare find as having scoured our needlework reference books, we at last find reference with images to similar large Italian Murano glass bobbins. See Gertrude Whiting 'Old Time Tool and Toys of Needlework' pages 203 -207.
These wonderful bobbins make a superb gift for the knitter or needleworker as they are made with great skill and care and no two are ever the same.
Lace making bobbins were made in several materials, ALWAYS animal bone (from the local butcher) or wood, rarely glass. To make bobbin lace the bobbin would have had thread wound around its reel end which would have attached to a pin to a cushion or pillow. This pillow would have a design pounced/ chalked on to it via a paper or parchment pin pricked template. Pins were then inserted at the relevant areas of the design, the threads with bobbin acting as a weight at the opposite end would then be quickly and smoothly plaited or woven around each pin to create the finished lace meshes and openings. It also means that the lace maker does not have to handle her lace, she uses the bobbin to move threads around. This was a huge cottage industry in England until mechanization replaced it in the late Victorian period.
"Her Poor form can relax, As with pillow she sits, Deftly weaving the flax, That is wound in her sticks, On her bobbins is wound, To their spindles is bound."
Our large and very fancy glass example has a cobalt blue glass head and neck (reel end), a twisted white glass main shaft, five white bands; each band with a collar of blue glass dots. We see a white glass ball shaped tail with blue glass loop. All worked from one session of glass blowing....marvellous. Shown with three 19th century bone bobbins, each retailed individually.
Size : 5.5" (14 cm)
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