As shown in this stain glass image, thistles were once used extensively in the textile industry. Since the middle ages, these were wired onto wooden crucifix shaped frames used to comb through, fluff and clean woolen fabrics. Later, with industrialisation, the individual frames were mounted onto larger drums into a 'teasel gig'.
In the end teasel gigs were replaced by metal ones and now teasels can been relegated to simply being beautiful and can be admired in this seemless and crystal clear paperweight.
15th century stained glass from Collegiate Church of Our Lady of Semur-en-Auxois, Brugundy, France
Small, ø 64mm
Large, ø 85mm
Natural teasel and UV resistant resin