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30 Minute Antique Bobbin Sand Timer White or Black

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Made from recycled industrial artifacts from the the early 1960s, this 30 minute hourglass is a beautiful and unique piece! exclusive.

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  • Made from recycled industrial artifacts from the the early 1960s
  • Measures 30 minutes of time
  • Made in the United Kingdom

This 30 minute timer is made of recycled industrial artifacts dating back to the 1960's. The timer is composed of antique wood spools found in abandoned textile mills in England. The spools were used to hold thread, cotton, and yarn that were spun into fabric. This particular timer was a ""tumbler"" and was used as a roller. Yarn passed between these rollers to be pressed and controlled before it was spun into fabric. The tumblers came from Joseph Lumb at Folly Hall Mill, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, which closed around 1969.

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.

As with all antique and hand-made items, the colors and decorations vary from piece to piece. We consider this to be a special part of their history and character.


  • 5"D x 10"H
  • Available with white or black sand
  • Item Weight 1.4 lbs.

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Thomas T.
Wonderful Product

My coworkers and I purchased this as a retirement gift. We are so impressed by the craftsmanship and detail of the hourglass. It is really quite special.

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