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Object ID # 1966.009.037ab
Object Name Holder, Thread
Title Pair of Thread Holders
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Great Britain?
Description Thread holder in the shape of a cup with a flared mouth. The inside of the cup is ridged and there is a small hole near the bottom. A is white, B is painted red, some of the paint has worn off.
Makers mark None
Provenance Original provenance unknown. Likely belonged to Helen Rixon (neƩ Ainslie) of Owen Sound, Grey County, formerly of Leith. Subsequently owned by her daughter, Eleanor Rixon.
Collection Textiles, Needlework & Accessories Collection
Material Bone/Dye
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Rixon, Henry
Function In the 19th-century, a needlewoman could use a thread holder to help keep her thread from tangling and from getting begrimed from handling. Various Victorian needlworking items were manufactured in England using bone, and these items likely were British-made? The thread end would exit through the intentional hole at the bottom of the holder.