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Antique Bobbins & Spools

Antique Bobbins & Spools

A brief history:

The Industrial Revolution (1790's - 1860's) was an important time in America's history. The Revolution brought about many changes in the labor and textile industries. On average women worked a 72-hour week with few breaks. The mill itself was a dangerous place to work with shuttles flying off looms, and a constant humid, 100-degree climate. In response to the poor working conditions, the women of the mills organized America's first labor strikes and formed the first labor unions.

Bobbins and the machinery they ran on were some of the greatest inventions of the Victorian Era. Developed as a way to manage heaps of thread, bobbins revolutionized textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. Many textile mills had their own machine shops and their own favorite shape of bobbin which accounts for their varied designs. Traditional wooden bobbins have been retired from most current day manufacturing. Modern economics does not favor the use of wooden bobbins since a large degree of handwork is involved in making them and they are not well suited to synthetic fibers and high-speed machinery. 

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Quill Bobbins Wound with Acrylic Yarn

Quill Bobbins Wound with Acrylic Yarn

Quill Bobbins Wound with Acrylic Yarn:
Wound with yarn color of your choice (Many other color available upon request).

Price: $3.00

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9-3/8in  Fiber Dye Tube

9-3/8in Fiber Dye Tube

Antique Bobbins

Old relics from bygone days. These old bobbins are limited in quantity.

Price: $3.00

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The World of Wooden Bobbins

The World of Wooden Bobbins

As well as providing more than three hundred illustrations of bobbins and much more besides, this book will explain how and why bobbins were invented as well as some of the machines and mills in which they served to produce, in volumes never previously imagined possible, the yarns and fabrics of the modern world.

Price: $18.00

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Fiber Yarn Tube

Fiber Yarn Tube

Old relics from bygone days. These old bobbins are limited in quantity.

Price: $6.00

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Quill Bobbin

Quill Bobbin

Quill Bobbin
Old relics from bygone days. These old bobbins are limited in quantity.

Price: $2.50

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All Wood Frame Bobbin

All Wood Frame Bobbin

All Wood Frame Bobbin
Old relics from bygone days. These old bobbins are limited in quantity.

Price: $8.00

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All Wood Cone

All Wood Cone

Old relics from bygone days. These old bobbins are limited in quantity.

Price: $6.00

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Antique Quill Bobbin

Antique Quill Bobbin

Last of the original quill bobbins from the Bemidji Woolen Mills used from 1920 to the early 1960s right here in Bemidji, MN.

Price: $2.50

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