Preserving Old Wooden Spools

I have several wooden spools that belonged to my grandmother. I was wanting to keep them in a jar with some of her old buttons. Do you know if it is better for anitquity to keep the thread on them or off? I know that I am to leave the labels on.

Carol from Fairview, TN

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November 29, 20050 found this helpful

I think it's best to keep the thread on. I don't see how it could hurt the spools unless they get wet. It increases their value also. Besides, they must look nicer in the jar. I have sold many with silk thread on them on ebay. You would be suprised at how much people will pay for them.

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November 29, 20050 found this helpful

I think it's best to leave the thread on especially if it's silk thread. It can only damage the spools if they get wet. It will look nicer in the jar also. I have sold many of these on ebay, you would be suprised how much people will pay!

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December 1, 20050 found this helpful

I'm not a collector or anything, but I'd say that if someone was wanting to buy your spools (if you ever wanted to sell), they'd want to see what was on the spools. Plus they'd be more attractive with their colored threads on them. If the buyer didn't want the thread on them, they could take it off, themselves.

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December 1, 20050 found this helpful

Keep in the original condition and that means leaving the thread on, even if it's hanging by a thread.

Baaad pun.

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