from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A machine in which raw silk is unwound from the cocoons, formed into a thread, and wound in a skein.
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She comes to an abrupt stop two inches from the ground; the silk-reel ceases working.
Tonbridge silk-reel, an ivory needle case, a silver thimble with an enameled rim, a tiny pair of scissors, and other things of the same kind -- which she took first from one pocket of her apron and then from another.