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Spool Sizes & Shapes

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes


Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Large bow ties — American Thread’s Twist DeLuxe 1930s, American
Thread’s Star DeLuxe 1930s, Coats 1950s-60s, unknown.

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Assorted bow ties medium — Belding Corticelli 1950s-60s, Max
Pollack’s Knight Brand 1940s, Belding Corticeli 1950s-60s, Coats 1930s, unknown.

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Assorted bow ties small with 1 large guest: Cortecelli 1950s, 
John Clark’s Mile End, 1940s, unknown, Clarks ONT marking cotton 1940s.

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Assorted bow ties smallest — Clarks ONT 1930s, Clarks ONT early
1900s, John Clark’s Mile End, notice hard rock maple.

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes
Standard size spools, larger size

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Standard type spools smaller sizes. While standard spools may look to be same
size and style, there are slight variations by manufacturers. This is most noticeable in
rim shape and thickness.

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes
Sometimes bobbins are overlooked as spools. Here is an
assortment of sizes and substances ranging from wood to plastic to foam to waxed
cardboard. Side view shows difference in bobbin thickness.
Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

By early 1970s other substances began
to replace wood  for spools — Talon American‘s black plastic that defies
black-painted wood,  Max Pollack‘s cardboard cylinder, Belding Lily’s foam and
Clark’s ONT early plastic. All spools date late 1960s-early 1970s.

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Colored spools played an important part
for recognizing thread categories other than dressmaking. Most companies dyed their spools
brilliant colors to denote heavier and stronger threads such as carpet and heavy duty.
Shown here are Erin’s Pride [linen] orange, Aunt Lydia’s red, Clark’s ONT green, Clark’s
ONT navy and an unknown black which appears to be from a sewing kit.

Many thread companies took pride in the appearance of
their spools. They were and are valued as much as the thread wound on them — Belding
Corticelli’s stained and waxed maple, Fleischer’s High Test maple, Belding’s waxed maple,
an unknown British brand with milled and beveled rims, J & P Coats hard rock maple
with scrollwork at both ends, and John Clark’s Mile End beautiful hard rock maple with
scrollwork at one end as
shown in inset.
Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

Thread Spool Sizes and Shapes

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