A fern ware thread holder covered in printed brown paper and made in Scotland circa 1860, measuring three inches in diameter. The inside lid carries an advertisement for John Clark Junior & Company spool cotton that is in mint condition. There are four spindles inside to hold thread, which would be drawn through the bone grommet labeled with the appropriate size for that thread. The grommets are labeled 40, 50, 60 and 70, with the bone piece for fifty missing. Otherwise in excellent condition, with a tiny loss of paper at the top of one seam, and significant wear on the bottom. The spindles may have been re-glued at some time.