Here's a fun item, the entire worker's cradle for lace-making, 19th century, and 20 of those wonderful old lace-making spools or bobbins. I've attached a couple of old photos showing people working on theirs. The center roller pad rests into this laptop one, and it has a wooden structure with handle, all padded and covered with bits of oil cloth fabrics. Actually kind of pretty, isn't it. Fun for display, and wonderful if you're a lace collector. Big, it is 16" x 12" and 7" thick. If you ever wanted to learn to do bobbin lace, here's your chance. Usually the bobbins sold along will exceed our price. You might only want all those 20 bobbins.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. This is a working lace-maker's tool. All 20 bobbins remain undamaged and wound with a course crochet thread. Ready to go. The old oil cloth has age. But I'm betting it's a later replacement and there's another fabric beneath it. Rather utilitarian, it's been hand sewn as you can see. I'd bet this tool dates mid-1800s. The underside shows age and wear. I did use something to clean it but it's had a lot of use and that is just how it's going to stay. Great colors, fun display. First one I've ever bought though I've always been tempted. Just in from France recently.
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