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15 Minute Antique Wood Sand Timer


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Made from recycled industrial artifacts from the the early 1960s, this 15 minute hourglass is a beautiful and unique piece!

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  • Made from recycled industrial artifacts from the the early 1960s
  • Measures 15 minutes of time
  • Made in the United Kingdom
  • Hand-blown glass

This 15 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 from 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 from piece to piece. We consider this to be a special part of their history and character.


  •  4.9"D x 9.8"H
  • Item Weight 1.4 lbs.

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Based on 3 reviews
la12moon l. la12moon
Love Love Love!!!

We LOVE this!! We bought this to use as a timer for a Woman's Group. It is a perfect way to watch our sharing time without a buzzer going off. Between group sessions it looks awesome in our old world home library! Everyone who sees it thinks it is totally cool!

It arrived very quickly.

Rosie C R.C. Rosie C.
Very pleased

The hourglass was excellent value for the price; quality was higher than I expected.

Service was immediate; package arrived in great condition.

Mike M. Mike

Great very special.

Very good.

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