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Lace Bobbin... This turned and carved boxwood bobbin was made around 1500-1550. it is believed to have been made in either France or Italy. The heavy head on this bobbin indicates that it was used for gold and silver thread lace work, which would have been much heavier than the silk or cotton thread normally used for making lace. This bobbin is finely turned and carved and the evenness and clarity of this work indicate it was made by a master craftsman.

This turned and carved boxwood bobbin was made around it is believed to have been made in either France or Italy.

Coifs British 1600-1625, Linen, black silk thread, silver-gilt thread and spangles.

Coif

Coifs British Linen, black silk thread, silver-gilt thread and spangles.

Woman's cap | Italian, Venice | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lady's linen cap, embroidered with metal wrapped thread and glass beads. This cap was probably made in or around Venice and is quite elaborate! It would have belonged to a well to do lady and been quite the show piece.

1600-1630 English Sweet bag at the Glasgow Museums, Glasgow - From the curators' comments: "Small decorative bags or purses appear on many late sixteenth and seventeenth century household inventories often listed as ‘sweet bags’....One use for these bags was to be filled with fragrant herbs or perfumed powders and placed in linen and clothes closets much like lavender bags today."

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Antique French Silver Primrose Thread Winder * Circa 1900

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Spot sampler [English] (64.101.1328) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Spot sampler, century English Linen canvas worked with silk and metal thread; stitches include tent, cross, back, plaited braid.

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