One discussion involved mother of pearl (MOP) thread winders.
Are they thread winders or game pieces?
So far the answer seems to be...Maybe.
A member of our Facebook group recommended "Chinese Mother of Pearl Gaming Counters" by Bill Neal.
In this book, Bill shows the style in this post and states they are game counters OR silk thread winders.
I have some of the snowflake style but have not included them in this post.
These photos are "Double Dog of Fo" design. They were in game counter sets and also included in imported sewing boxes. He proposes with the decline in the popularity of gaming sets, perhaps the artists branched out.
Could it be as sets were broken up, creative stitchers saw an opportunity to use them as winders? Some parlor sets included game boards and storage features for hand sewing. (HERE)
I wrote about one I saw in Milwaukee (HERE)
MOP pieces in this style are sometimes found with silk thread wound around the jaws of the dog. I am pleased with the four Dog of Fo pieces and appreciate learning more about them. I now look for the snowflake winders. I'll share those in a future post.
You are welcome to join the Antique and Vintage Sewing Tool FB group - let me know if you would like an invite.
How boring are spools today - we are all about the threads. My project embroidery threads get reproduction MOP rings - so pretty, but I'm glad I don't have to keep up a 'parlor' appearance with my sewing!
Have a great week,