Thx to a blogging friend ... who found this on e-bay:
Bowen Hunter Factory Mill Spools
Vintage WOODEN SPOOL Bobbin Candleholder
Wood Spool. Made by the Hunter Bowen Company in East Corinth, Vermont and sold to textile mills all over the country. This one has the Bowen Hunter name stamped into the end as well as 5 and 58 which may or may not date these to 1958.
The spool is in excellent condition - 12" long and 1 5/8" diameter.
With reminates of the red band still showing around the topside, and perfectly-distressed. the holes are about 1” perfect for holding a standard candle. I have also seen them made into lights with electric candles on top.
Also, from the Corinth Vermont Web site:
Our one substantial village is East Corinth, once home to the Bowen-Hunter mill, which made wooden bobbins for the textile industry.
This really does look like the one I have!! Thx again for your help.