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.
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 purchased the 60 minute bobbin hourglass for my parents 60th wedding anniversary. 60 minutes for 60 years of love and memories. They love it! Dad, as a veteran, loves WWII memorabilia and mom collects antique sewing notions so it fits perfectly! It arrived quickly. The glass was a little loose when it arrived but customer service was very quick and helpful and offered an immediate fix! It is very unique and beautiful and I know my mom and dad will cherish it for years to come.
Very helpful in choosing an hour glass, just disappointed no historic sticker
on glass and hour glass is beautiful, well made, thanks, Joanie
Thank you for shopping with us! I suspect the sticker on your hourglass came off during customs inspection as it was on the hourglass when shipped :-(.
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