This looks like a roll of film and was found in an old house. It is from around 1908. It seems to be wrapped tightly and almost was mistaken for a spool of thread. A piece of metal foil was loosely wrapped around it.
I didn't want to disturb it without knowing what it was, but it seems like it's probably and undeveloped roll of film.
Is there a chance of being able to develop it? Is there a chance its a roll of negatives that are developed or would they be cut apart and not on a roll?