I am a sucker for miniatures so I love these tiny little sets of fine J&P Coats silk "hosiery finish" mending thread in leg-like shades of tan and taupe and brown and black. And I love that we all used to need this stuff because "nylons" --or indeed, if you were lucky/rich, silk stockings --were costly and needed to be kept going, especially during the Depression--and these kits date from the 1930s. There are 10 half inch spools, each with four yards of two end two ply silk in a 3.5 by 1.5 inch box, complete with needle. My fave by far is the used one, heartbreakingly left as if just put aside for a minute--in the late-1920s. These are fairly easy to find on the secondhand market, but will become more highly valued. I hope.
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... View full details
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
We've been collecting balls of deadstock specialized darning thread for ages, and swear they made it better back when everyone used it. (Can you even get... View full details