This bobbin sand timer is a historic piece of art. The timer is composed of antique wood spools found in abandoned textile mills in England. The spindles and wooden base were used from 1939-1945 during World War II in a factory in Barrowford Mill, Nelson. These particular spools held tire cord for the Morris and Austin Car Groups. The spindles were pewter shielded to protect the edges of the spool.
Each timer has a cotton sticker placed on its base. These stickers were made in New York in 1917 and found in cupboard in an abandoned sewing thread factory in Leek, Derbyshire.
The sand glass is mouth-blown in the United Kingdom. As with all antique and hand-made items, the colors and decorations vary slightly. We consider this to be a special part of their history and character.
I’ve been searching literally years for a hourglass for our fireplace mantel. The history in the construction of these hourglasses if worth noting. I liked it so much I ordered one for my father-in-law and his wife for Christmas! Unfortunately one of the hourglass bulbs arrived shattered but I suspected that when I saw the crushed box when I picked it up. Fragile Stickers on the box don’t seem to help. But I’ve returned the frame and another glass bulb will be inserted and sent directly to my father-in-law and wife in Massachusetts.
We loved the hour glass with the historical features. Unfortunately when it arrived it had not traveled well and we had to send it back. It appears that the postal service did not understand what the fragile sticker meant. The company was very accommodating and are sending us out a new one. I am excited to get it and give it to our boss who retired. He will love it and the uniqueness of it.
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