Adorable little boxes of black or white thread: "enchantillons gratuits" (free samples) given out by haberdashers in the 1910s. The one-inch wooden spools are unused, but only one of the boxes has its full complement of a dozen bobines. The black thread is "retors supérieur" or high twined, the white is marked "fil aux ciseaux", scissor thread --not sure what that is.
Wallaert Frères, founded in 1815, was the first cotton thread factory in Lille, France, and remained a family firm until the end (1989 after merging with DMC).
A lovely intact box of a dozen spools of cotton thread (2.25 inches each, 50 meters) in a useful classic taupe, each wrapped in original cellophane. Judging... View full details
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Standard issue in every home till at least the 1950s, these sets of darning and mending cotton in "standard shades" are still good for any... View full details