Lace bobbins; 1800-1900; 446/4-19




Lace bobbins

About this object

A bone bobbin with a slim shank and double neck, decorated with various grooved decorations and spangles mostly of round glass beads on a brass wire.
Between about 1500 and 1900, women often made lace at home to earn money for the family. This was skilled work but very poorly paid. Bedfordshire was better known for its lace than Hertfordshire. Lacemakers often decorated their bobbins, which held the thread, with coloured glass beads, known as spangles or jinkums.

Date Made



19th Century (1801-1900)

Medium and Materials

Organic | Animal bone
Glass | Decorative
Metal | Copper alloy | Brass


83-99 mm


Hitchin Museum

Credit Line

Mr I Astle

Object Type


Object number


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