Posted by: softypapa | January 30, 2008

Antique Japanese Silk Reel Bobbin – Old Wooden Itomaki

Antique Japanese Silk Reel Bobbin Old Wooden Itomaki Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Silk Reel Bobbin Old Wooden Itomaki Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Antique Japanese Silk Reel Bobbin Old Wooden Itomaki Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Antique Japanese silk reel bobbin with thread.  These items are called itomaki in Japan where they were in common use for thread production until roughly the end of the 19th century.  The bobbins where used with special machines called zakuri which were often hand-powered and included clever gears and mechanisms to spool silk in a fast and efficient manner.  Silk production was a widespread cottage industry in Japan through the end of the long and peaceful Edo period (1600-1868) and many traditional Japanese farmhouses were designed with special attic rooms for the pursuit of sericulture.

About the Listed Item

This hand-crafted antique wooden itomaki bobbin is in fine condition with no cracks and includes a full spool of thread (possibly silk).  The bobbin dates from the early to mid 20th century and does have some marks and scratches from use and wears a darkened patina of age.  The thread is in good condition and may be newer than the spool itself.

Size:
Length: 7.0 inches (18.0 centimeters)
Diameter (spool only, excluding thread): 5.1 inches (13.0 centimeters)
Weight: 8.6 ounces (245 grams)

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item code: R3S7-0003663
category code: nipponitomaki
ship code: G6

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