This bobbin measures 6.5 inches tall and the bottom is about 2 inches wide with a 7/16 centre bore The top is gracefully fluted with incised bands and brass metal bands surround both the top and bottom.
Rescued from old textile mills across North America, this bobbin collected plenty of character over its years of hard use. This bobbin can hold a smaller candle (1/2 inch base), and is available as either lightly refinished or in its original patina.
The light finishing includes a light sanding of the wood (leaving many of the scuff marks) and removal of most of the paint from the ends. The surface is then lightly varnished and waxed to last a new lifetime as a candle holder.
The original patina is slightly darker and may include a painted top, a few paint smudges, dings from handling and a few cut marks on the spindle from the operator cutting the thread.
These bobbins are available either as-is or drilled for a 3/4 inch medium-sized tapered candle. If you want this as a collector’s item, then you should order it un-drilled and cut the base of your candle to fit the small hole in the centre of the bobbin. If you are ordering it as a candle, then we will drill a larger hole for you. Drilling the bobbin will reduce its value as a collector’s item.
No two bobbins are exactly alike, but their variations are what makes them so interesting. If you are purchasing multiple bobbins, we recommend that you purchase the lightly finished version as the patina will be more consistent. Different bobbins may have been handled and stored quite differently and the original patina can vary from light to quite dark. If you order multiple bobbins we will do our best to send you matching ones.
This bobbin candle holder is sold singly but works very well in a set of two or three.