Here is a beautiful spool cabinet. These sat on counters in general stores and department stores holding thread. Lovely piece. across all three drawers.
Here is my spool cabinet. It has glass in the drawers and I had enough of the old wooden spools (have been sewing for 65 or more year) to line the fronts. We put legs on this, but they can be taken off easily one day if so desired. Below is the first chamber pot in my collection. On top, my wonderful $1.50 pitcher and bowl from an old hotel in Ft. Madison. My start into a modest collection of cool antiques.
I learned to sew on a machine like this - the old treadle. They did a beautiful job and many of them are still around.
One of the reasons I so love Pinterest. What a gorgeous wreath made from old wooden spools of thread! How neat is this? I would hang this in my house anytime, but don't have enough old spools to make one even if I took them out of my spool cabinet! If you would like to check out my boards on Pinterest, click on the button at the top of my sidebar and you will go there.