These are a magnificent group of antique (from around the 19th century) and vintage midlands bobbins from the UK. Special thanks to Richard Gardener without whose generosity I would never have been able to obtain these beautiful bobbins for my collection and use. Shown on my smallest pillow in the process of making a bookmark
Midlands bobbins

Lace gallery

On the right & below left: Close-up of bobbins. Although many of the bobbins are antiques, the spangles are my own addition in keeping with the traditon of personalizing lacemaking tools by the lacemaker. Below right: Finished bookmark.
midlands bookmark
Midlands bobbins bobbin bookmark
  Completed bookmark. Lace gallery