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Posted 3 years ago


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I found this spool of string over 50 years ago in an abandoned house in Laurens County, SC. I know that this is textile country because I was raised in SC. This string is AMAZINGLY strong even to this day. Anyone have a clue what it is? It's also very rustic and pretty.

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  1. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 3 years ago
    It looks like twine used by stores to wrap purchases in butcher paper or brown paper. What does the spool look like?
  2. mizjane, 3 years ago
    I just posted a new photo of the spool It is 6 1/2" long and appears to have been crushed.

    Thanks, Jane
  3. mizjane, 3 years ago
    Sewingfool, I think you are right! As a matter of fact, that ties in to another item I found at the site--an old awl. I didn't post this as I knew what it was (from where, I don't know). Shoes perhaps?
  4. mizjane, 3 years ago
    No wonder shoes lasted longer when they were made "back when". The cord is as strong, I believe, as it was the day it was made. New mystery. What could it be made of? It ISN'T cotton. Hemp, perhaps? I wish I could just share a piece of it with you and those who are interested.

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