Last Sunday I was on gallery duty at our local gallery. The roster co-ordinator always teams us up with another person and this time I was teamed up with a lady I hadn't met before. The long and the short of it was that she gave me a bag of threads that she wanted to clean out of her sewing table. I didn't like to say no and thought "I will sort through them and give them to the Guild" which I proceeded to do.
There wasn't as much to throw out as I had at first thought. Thread wound onto paper was put aside along with anything that was too tangled. Most of the threads were DMC or Anchor and Semco. All common enough but there was also this other shinny thread, which was labeled merserised cotton and was manufactured by Peri-Lusta.
I really liked the shine on this thread and I then started digging. I found an Abandonment Notice,
and an address
But no information about anything else. So I had a look on Ebay and found these 'darning dollies'.
Quite a few actually.
They appear to have made a popular thread for darning silk stockings.
It has been some time since I have worn stockings and as for the silk variety, never!
But I like this thread. So, I then went through the ones wound onto paper to see if there was any more. One piece was rolled on old news paper from Sydney (NSW) and there in black and white was an add dated for a cruise in 1934!!!
And look at those prices!! I suppose you would have had to get to London first which would have cost a bit.
On the other side was advertisements for the Movies. The bottom add is for the Empire which was also had live shows. The paper was ripped so I'm not sure just what the show was but the name 'Henry Kendall' kind of jumped out. (Was this the poet of the same name or someone who took his name?)
I think I might have to take this treasure back to my new friend.