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Large Antique Bobbin Hourglass Kit


Made from recycled industrial artifacts from the World War II era, this bobbin hourglass is a historic piece of art and will make a wonderful vessel to hold your own sand!

Quick Overview

  • Made from recycled industrial artifacts from the World War II era
  • Bobbin pieces from United Kingdom
  • Hand-blown glass made in the USA

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. This bobbin sand timer has a ribbed edge and pewter accents.

Each hourglass 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. Shown fully assembled.

Hourglass Sand Timer Engraving Available   Engraving available - see ideas - request quote 


  •  7"D x 15.5"H
  • Kits are available with two options:            
  1. Empty globe -  for customers who want to add their own sand (i.e. two different colors). Note: globe provided has a larger hole to accommodate different types of sand so it runs fast
  2. Globe with sand included - for customers who want a more accurate (60 minute) hourglass. The natural or white sand you see pictured comes with your kit. Note, no other sand can be used in this globe or you will have flow issues.
  • Want to accessorize? Click here

Hourglass Sand Timer Accuracy 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Prompt and kind!

I made a special request through email. Before the end of the day, their staff corresponded several times to get my order filled correctly!

Very pleased

This fillable hourglass is beautiful, love the historical flair, and made a great souvenir for the sand from our vacation.

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