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Vintage Thread Chart & Photo Gallery Thread Labels – American Thread Co., Globe Silkworks, Gudenbrod Bros., Paragon Thread Co., Sears, Talons, Cutter Silk Mfg. Co. Globe Silkworks — large-size top label; est. 1940s-50s. Paragon name solo, top and bottom. Est. 1950s-60s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark   Paragon Thread Co. —  top and bottom. Est. 1950s-60s. Paragon with the Heminway Bartlett label, top and bottom. Est. 1950s-60s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Small-size Talons — left side: Talon with partial pink label top and bottom wood;  right side: Talon with full pink label with packaging information top foam; Talon with full pink label top and bottom foam; and Talon with partial pink label top and bottom foam. Est. 1960s-early 70s. Large size Talons — Talon top and bottom foam; Talon top and bottom plastic and Talon American black plastic, ets. 1960s-early 70s. American Thread Co. — Star Twist top using three different bottoms; large-size Star Twist Deluxe top. Est. 1940s-early 60s. American Thread Co. — Star Deluxe Mercerized gold star top and bottom; Star Mercerized gold star top, red star bottom; Star Mercerized red star top and bottom. Est. 1950s-60s. Two American Thread Co. tops, est. late 1940s-50s. American Thread Co. — Two top sizes of Star Six Cord; two other brands — tops of Hercules Special Service and Hercules Mercerized and Aunt Lydia top and bottom. Est. 1950s. American Thread Co.’s Intrinsic brand, top and bottom with the familiar white star trademark. Est. 1960-70s.– Courtesy Sharon Stark Sears family — Sears Roebuck own brand, Ace and Fairloom, est. 1930s-50s. Gudenbrod Bros. — large-size top and bottom labels. Est. 1950s.   Monarch [l] by Gudebrod Bros, top and bottom label. Est. 1950s-60s. Monarch [r] with the lion brand logo, both ends the same. Est 1950s-70s.– Courtesy Sharon Stark Gudebrod Bros. familiar shield, This Shield is Your Protection, top and bottom. Est. 1960s-70s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Cutter Silk Mfg. Co. — topside; bottom reads Champion Silk, Gudenbrod Bros. successors. American Thread’s Aunt Lydia carpet and button thread neatly boxed. Note reference to the male egos — bachelors and fishermen. Est. late 1930s-40s or before 1953. Aunt Lydia is now owned by Coats & Clark. That company was formed by a merger of J&P Coats and Clark Thread in 1953. – Courtesy of Kimberly Wulfert Spun Dee, American Thread Co.’s polyester line, was dubbed the Anything Thread. End spools are wood; center, plastic with a narrower rim. Plastic cover with SD logo protects thread portion. See thread chart for sizes. Est….
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Vintage Thread Chart & Photo Gallery Thread Labels – Belding Corticelli Richardson Richardson Silk Co. — Richardson’s mercerized cotton thread top and bottom; Richardsons Sew with Silk top and bottom; and Richardson Silk Co. top [ bottom nearly identical]. Est. 1930s-50s. Belding Corticelli Richardson — tops of purple label silk and green label cotton; Sew with Silk top and bottom; and mercerized cotton top and bottom. Est. 1950s -60s. Belding and Corticelli brands — Belding Hemingway top; Belding waxed thread top; Belding Poly-Bond [late 1960s-early 70s] top; two Corticelli tops.  Est. 1930s-50s. Belding Corticelli Co.– silk top; silk top and bottom; cotton top and bottom; polybond top and bottom with different prices. Est. 1950s-early 70s. Belding Corticelli Co. — silk and cotton tops with bottoms showing varying prices; large-size belwaxed top and bottom, nicely waxed-finish spool. Est 1950s-early 70s. Early Corticelli thread. Best Twist top and Machine Twist top — notice kitten emblem in red and blue printing; both have same bottom label which reads "Established in 1838, Manufactured at Florence Mass."   The Corticelli kitten logo or emblem is described in this appealing 1984 book The Cat Made Me Buy It.  Here are three versions of the kitten logo [enlarged] which look more like bearded lions.     – Book courtesy Shirley McElderry Lily top and bottom, Lily bottom with metal hole reinforcement, Lily dressmaker size top and two Belding Lily dressmaker size foam tops. Est. 1950s-60s. Corticelli Thread —  midget spools of darning silk. Even though spools are same size, notice the different size holes. Date unknown.    – Courtesy Sharon Stark Belding Corticelli mercerized cotton dressmaker spool; size A is size 50. Est. 1950s-early 70s. – Courtesy Marge Thomas Contents of a Corticelli gift sewing travel pack include darning and sewing cotton wound on miniature black spools. Est. late 1960s-early 70s. – Courtesy Val Magnuson Pilgrim by Belding Heminway — pure dye silk; top and bottom labels; est. 1920s-30s. – Courtesy Sheila Ramsey The Belding company made lovely silk fabrics for manufacturers such as these samples swatches for Logantex late 1960s-early 70. Shown here are sample silks made up for Logantex: Habutai silk with tag; paisley border scarf; and flat crepes with tag. – Courtesy Michelle Renigar whose father and grandfather headed Belding from the 1930s-70s.

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Vintage Thread Chart & Photo Gallery Thread Labels Three A.H. Rice Co. tops 1950s; John D. Cutter top 1920s; Cutter Mfg. Co. top with Champion Silk/Gudenbrod Bros. on bottom 1950s-60s. A.H. Rice waxed size F pure dye silk handsewing thread precut in yard lengths. Packet measures 3" W x 14-1/2". Packet made of heavy manilla and has grommet for hanging. Est. 1930s. Stiles Waxt Thread Co. 1930s, Fruit of Loom Sparta 1950s-60s and unknown British thread top and bottom est. 1950s-60s. Clover Thread Co., small Brooks top, larger Brooks top and bottom and Harmony. Est. 1940s-50s. Brainerd & Armstrong top and bottom engraved labels claiming Best in the Wrod for silk thread. Est. 1950s-60s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Brainerd & Armstrong Co. — top reads aviation and crochet thread; est. 1920s-30s. Conso thread on crosswound on coarse wood cylinder. Top rim reads Conso with manufacturer’s code numbers. Bottom rim: boilfast. Est. 1960s. Small and large Conso thread, Barbour’s Linen Thread, Lindsay Thompson Erin’s Pride linen thread and High Test. Est. 1940s-60s. Conso’s Bestso Twist, mercerized cotton thread which company claims [on the box] that it is the perfect substitute for silk. Est. 950s to mid 1960s. – Courtesy Melody Mulanax Heminway, Trusew, Ivory Brand wood and Ivory Brand foam top and bottom. Est. 1940s-60s. Penimaid top and bottom 1930s; Necchi/Elna top and bottom and Nelco, both est. 1950s-60s. Assortment of brands — Hall’s Reyal top and bottom and top of larger spool size, Heminway & Bartlett, Bird of Paradise and Melrose top and bottom. All are between 1940s-60s. Berkshire & Becket Silk Co. — top and bottom labels. Est 1940s-50s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Dyno, made in Italy. Label same at both ends. Est. 1960s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Brooks basting thread on cardboard cylinder, crosswound; bottom reads mercerized thread. Est. 1950s. Sturdy linen carpet thread — Conso states its Irelin Brand Linen heavily waxed carpet thread is made of finest quality imported linen; est. 1960s-70s. York Street Threads Ltd of Belfast, North Ireland, manufactured its thread in that that country; est. 1950s-60s. – Courtesy Robin Meathenia W.Warren Thread Works with engraved blue and red top and bottom containing 9 yds [l] and W [r] which is thought to be same as Warren and contains 12 yds mercerized cotton. Est.1940s-60s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Iruha, made in occupied Japan, top and bottom paper labels. Est. 1946-50 following WWII. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Rival Sea Island Sewing Thread, top and bottom. Est. 1950s-60s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Barbour’s Thread,…
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Wood Spools Containing Crochet, Knitting and Tatting Thread

Wood Spools Containing Crochet, Knitting and Tatting Thread Note: these threads will not be listed on thread chart which is limited to machine and hand sewing threads. These threads are shown due to interesting shapes of wood spools and as an extension of thread companies’ products. Captions will contain descriptions. American Thread Co., side, top and bottom views. Notice unusual purple logo and the addition of word Manufacturers to name. Sansilk [silk-finish cotton]crochet and knitting thread. 1-3/8 D x 1-5/8. Bow tie, convex spool. Est. 1930s. The familiar white star of American Thread Co. manufactured Willamantic CN. Side, top and bottom views. Mercerized cotton crochet silk-finish thread is pushed back to reveal paper label which lists various sizes spools came in. This spool is 100-yd. coarse #70, standard size. 1-3/8" D x 1-5/8". Bow tie convex spool. Est. 1940s. Clark’s ONT, top, bottom and side views. Lustre crochet thread. 1-1/4"D x 1-5/8"; bow tie, convex spool. Est. 1930s-early 40s. Clark’s Mile End crochet cotton, made in East Newark NJ. All views; notice elephant logo and lovely grain on this and other spools. Same size as Clark’s ONT; bow tie, convex spool. Est. 1930s- 40s. Capitol pure dye, fast-color crochet and knitting silk. Labels read same at both ends; side view. 1-1/8" D x 1-1/2". Convex spool. Est 1930s. Top, bottom and side views of M. Hemingway and Sons Silk Co. Texto silk crochet thread, Watertown CN, convex spool, 1-1/4" D x 1-5/8", est. 1930s; Belding Bros & Co. warranted silk embroidery twist size EE, 3/4" D x 1-1/4, standard spool size; and Beldings supreme knitting and crochet wash color pure silk thread, labels same at both ends, bow tie convex brown spool, 1-1/4 D x 1-3/4". All estimated 1930s -early 40s. Victoria — knitting and crochet silk by Brainerd & Armstrong. Note different labels at either end. Thread wound crosswise on bowtie spool of thick wood. Date unknown but appears to be in WWI-1920s range. – Courtesy Sharon Stark

Thread Company-owned Magazines and other Printed Literature

Vintage Thread Chart & Photo Gallery Thread Company-owned Magazines and other Printed Literature Many thread companies issued booklets, pamphlets and periodicals to promote their products. Five publications produced by three companies are shown here. Three of the publications are a result of merger and renaming. Information and magazine covers are courtesy of Shirley McElderry.   Corticelli Needlework-Home Needlework-Modern Priscilla Nonotuck Silk Co., established in 1838 at Florence, Mass., created its brandname Corticelli to compete with Italian silks, then the rage. In 1887 the company began publishing a booklet called Florence Home Needlework. There were yearly issues from at least 1887 through 1896, each containing 96 pages. Back issues could be ordered for 6¢ or all 10 for 60¢. Contents and illustrations were mainly about embroidered items to make or to purchase at dealers. In essence it was a catalog of available products. Ads were for Corticelli’s spool silk and embroidery floss in skeins. No bookletwas published in 1897. It was renamed Corticelli Home Needlework with a subheading of A Manual of Art Needlwork, Emboridery and Knitting and reissued in 1898. An impressive list of editors included art designers, writers from other textile publications and from the Nonotuck staff. Issues included a photo gallery of all the Corticelli mills, color plates for embroidering and instructions for stitches and knitting. Aside from the Corticelli ads there was one for Fleisher’s Knitting Worsted; it is not known if this company was part of the Corticelli conglomerate or if it was a paid ad.   Florence Home Needlework 1896 Corticelli Home Needlework 1898 Home Needlework Magazine 1899 Home Needlwork Magazine 1900 Home Needlwork Magazine 1907 Home Needlework Magazine 1915 In 1899 the publication was renamed Home Needlework Magazine with a subtitle of A Quarterly Periodical devoted to Art Needlwork, Crochet, Knitting and Home Decoration. It was published in January, April, July and October by the Florence Publishing Company and again had an impressive slate of needlwork authorities as editors. Paid advertisers were accepted such as Samule Pryor, needlwork designer, Good Housekeeping, Payson Indelibe Ink and Baker’s Chocolates. By 1900 advertising covered four pages plus inside and back cover and by 190s increased to 12 pages. In 1906 the publication went bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October and December and continued to expand in superb lithography, articles and advertising. Sometime between fall 1908 and spring 1914, production was switched to monthly and published by the Home Needlework Publishing Co. Corticelli or other brands were not suggested in various needlework articles. Stamped embroidery…
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Vintage Thread Chart

Brand   Company   Label Information  Spool Length, Diameter &   Spool Shape, Type of Wood or Substance  Scrollwork/ Decoration Est. Age   Fiber  Size or Count  Type of Thread  How Wound  Comments & History  Willimantic  Willimantic Linen Co.        Wood     Silk           1871 or earlier. Eastern Connecticut was a great silk thread producing region.Willimantic is one its historic textile towns. Willimantic is Algonquin for land of the swift running waters        6 cord     Wood     Cotton              Aunt Lydias  American Thread Fall River MA  Name on paper label; strong, smooth  1-3/8" D x 2"  Wood, dyed red     Cotton     Button, carpet  Parallel      Hercules  American Thread  Name on paper label; special service; fast color; will boil  1" D x 1-3/8"  Wood     Cotton  40  Mercerized  Parallel           For strong sewing  1-1/8" D x 1-3/8"  Wood     Cotton  36           Intrinsic  American Thread Co. , Willimantic CN   Engraved; top label Glacé Finish left twist; 4-cord. Bottom: Star logo  1-3/4" D x 2-3/4" Wood     Cotton 12   Waxed      Kismet  American Thread  Name on paper label  2-1/2" L  Wood     Cotton  00  Mercerized  Crosswise     Liberty  American Thread Co.    1″ x 1-1/4″; 1-1/4″ x 1-1/2″  Wood     Poly           Spun Dee  American Thread  The Anything Thread  5" L  Wood     Poly  50  Parallel        Spun Dee  American Thread Co.  Paper; top, red & S and D logo with Spun Dee logo design in center; bottom, Spun Dee* the anything thread* 100% polyester – wording circles label, American Thread and Star logo in center   1-1/2″ D x 1-3/4″  wood; plastic  Clear plastic with SD all- over logo covers thread only  Poly  50           Star  American Thread  Name on paper label; sewing cotton   7/8"D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized  Parallel     Star  American Thread  Name on paper label; 6 cord  1-1/8" D x 1-1/2"  Maple     Cotton  50           Star Twist  American Thread Company  Name on paper label; will boil, 6 cord  7/8" D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized  Parallel     Star Twist  American Thread  Name on paper label; will boil  1" D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized        Star Mercerized  American Thread  Paper label; will boil  1" D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  50  Mercerized  Parallel     Star Deluxe  American Thread  Paper label; will boil  7/8"D x 1-1/8"  Wood     Cotton  30  Mercerized …
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Thread Cabinets / Furniture

Vintage Thread Chart & Photo Gallery Thread Cabinets / Furniture Commercial thread cabinet, floor model, for Corticelli thread. 37″ h x 19″ d x 22″ w. Shown as found in an out building on property inherited by family member. Difficult to determine type of wood but owner promises to send photo when it is restored. Shown here are cabinet front and side views and closeup of the Corticelli trademark. Note drawers for twist and knitting twist. Est. late 1880s-1919. – Courtesty of Peggie Longwell   Small oak Brainerd & Armstrong Thread 3-drawer cabinet, 16-1/8″ W x 8-3/8″ H x 14-1/4″ D. Each drawer is divided into 10 rows with low divider at front to hold spool up to glass for easy viewing. c 1910-20 in the mission style. Cabinet is used to display a jewelry collection. – Courtesy Sharon Stark B&A has been around since before 1883, producing many spool cabinets from small 2 drawer to 3, 7 and 9 and even 13-drawer models. Most are oak with glass drawer fronts so that colors of thread can be seen. This is an interesting excerpt from Woodstock N.B Press newspaper Aug.26, 1883: “Saunders Bros. have just placed in their store one of the finest cabinets for sewing silks and twists we have ever seen. It is built of walnut lumber, highly polished and has two banks of twelve drawers each, with glass fronts. Between these banks of drawers is a very commobdious [sic] recess, nicely fitted up with shelving and enclosed in front with a mirrored glass panneled door. Below the drawers with glass fronts are four other drawers with walnut fronts, two of which extend the whole width of the cabinet. The drawers pulls are nickelplated. It is a very convenient and highly ornamental article and is stocked with a full assortment of the celebrated Brainerd & Armstrong Co.’s silk and twist.” This handsome Willimantic floor model has to be the envy of every thread cabinet collector. Thought to be walnut; paint is original. Drawers were converted from 6 to 3 for more storage room before the current owner bought it. And look at the colorful side view — same on either side! Measures 24″ h x 26″ w by 19-1/2″ d. c1890s. – Courtesy Sharon Stark Eastern Connecticut was a great silk thread producing region.Willimantic is one its historic textile towns. Willimantic is Algonquin for land of the swift running waters.   Lily metal case with glass cover. Estimated date is latter 1930s to prewar 1940s as…
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