A very large wooden cotton reel dating to around the 1880s. It is a 5,000 yard reel holding Ermen & Roby's Diamond thread. The thread is unused and is still covered with the original paper wrapper, printed with an image of Ermen & Roby's factory in Manchester. The top label is also intact. A reel of this size may have been a shop advertising piece or an industrial reel for use in a mill.
I have photographed the reel with a normal sized bobbin (not included in the sale) to illustrate how much bigger this one is.
Condition: There is a little damage to the paper label.