Q: We've had this Clark's spool cabinet for years. It has six drawers with red glass "windows." Can you give us the history and value?
A: The Clark family built the first factory for making cotton thread for sewing in 1812 in Paisley, Scotland. George A. Clark (1824-1873), a descendant of the founders, immigrated to the United States in 1856 and acted as an agent for the company. In 1864, George and his brother, William, built a thread mill in Newark, N.J. It became Clark Thread Co. The trademark "O.N.T" stands for "Our New Thread," a six-cord thread developed by George for use with sewing machines. The company merged with J. & P. Coats in 1952 and is in business today as Coats & Clark, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Spool cabinets were display cases used in general stores and dry goods stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Your spool cabinet was made before 1873, when George died. Value of your spool cabinet: about $600. The red glass version is very popular.