I came across two of these wooden contraptions and immediately purchased them because they are pretty cool looking. As far as I could figure, they seem to be used for winding up thread. They came with the thread already on them and I like the look, so the thread will stay put. The hat is a metal funnel and the head is porcelain. The wooden stand are legs that I had cut and shaped a couple years back. As with all my Spare Parts Monday photos, all items are not attached or adhered in any way to one another. However, there is always some potential for a permanent union!