Our ancestral seamstresses and tailors did not have the convenience of buying thread already wound on spools at the Five & Dime. Instead, they purchased it in skeins, then transferred it to a thread winder, a small piece of wood, bone, ivory or mother-of-pearl, decoratively cut out into snowflake- like patterns.
Hand-Crafted Mother-of-Pearl Thread Winders
Mother-of-pearl adorned sewing boxes from the 18th century on through
the 19th century. No discerning lady of the house could resist the deep
iridescent glow of this gift of the ocean. Our rectangular silk winder is polished,
scalloped, and decoratively engraved. Size varies slightly but averages
2" by 1 1/4".
#182-R2, 18.00 each
Square Mother-of-Pearl Thread Winders
The four leaves on our beautifully scalloped and beveled iridescent
winder are polished to bring out the shell's pearly warm luster. Deep
indents give you generous space for thread, while an ample sixteenth of
an inch thickness guarantees years of use without appearing bulky. A darling
component for your sewing basket, destined to becoming a treasured heirloom.
#182-1375, Mother-of-Pearl Thread Winder,
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