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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.

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.

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  •  5"D x 9.5-10"H
  • 15 minute timer
  • Sand color is now a natural/tan color

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Based on 17 reviews
best sauna timer

classy way to time your sauna sessions. Works perfectly. Time is very accurate


Very satisfied with this hourglass. I have several of the old bobbin hourglasses and this one is my favorite. Would recommend to anyone looking for something nostalgic to add to there decor or as a gift.

Totally impressed

I was very pleased with this purchase. It was a gift for my boss and he really loved it. Great workmanship and the letter of where the parts used to make this item came from and the history behind them was very interesting. I highly recommend this product.


Very pleased with the hourglass.


This arrived broken. As I unwrapped it, I heard the sound of sprinkling sound and shifting shards of glass. The other hourglass in the package, a one-hour model, fortunately survived. For the amount of glass inside, I think the packing was somewhat lacking. Whenever I have ordered laboratory glassware, greater care was taken not only to cushion the package from impact but to support the glass directly so that any sudden acceleration would not cause excessive stress; the immediate vicinity of the glass piece is the one place that should not be too loose. Thus, I have never received a broken condenser or separation funnel, but I have certainly received a broken hourglass.

I had allowed the package to sit in quarantine for three days as a COVID precaution. Unfortunately, the refund policy expires after 48 hours, and it was not until after 72 that I knew it was broken. My review score is based chiefly on this unpleasant surprise--particularly in a year when many people are refraining for three days from opening their mail as a health precaution.

Oh well. They tried and accidents happen.

I would submit a picture, but I wasn't keen on disentangling bubble wrap from broken glass and getting sand everywhere.

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