This is an unusual three minute egg timer made from an old Victorian wood and metal bobbin. The original note is still attached from when it was purchased, I presume in the mid to late 20th century, which reads:
This enchanting little egg timer has been re-cycled from a genuine bobbin once used in the textile mills of northern England. Now almost obsolete it is fast becoming a collector’s item whilst we hope, serving another long and useful life.
It measures approx. 15cm tall and 5cm wide.