Additional Information: Mold-blown bottle with flaring neck and tooled rim containing
four tier swift with turned and crosshatched shaft; carved stopper closes the bottle.
We have seen these called ladder puzzles.
Material: Eastern White Pine [pinus strobus] by analysis: Alden Identification Service
Linen, rosehead nails and brass tacks.
Condition: Fine original condition; short shrinkage crack, one wire hinge needs to
be closed which we will do. Wonderful original surface, great patina.
Additional Information: The box is likely cooper made…staves joined to full coverage
carved end panels by beautiful rosehead nails. The half round door is initialed “CC” and
dated “1728”, underside of door initialed “BG” …likely a second owner. Both the
turnbuckle latch and door pull are carved. The drum is upholstered in homespun linen
with edges strengthened and decorated with green twill binding tape secured with brass
tacks. Within the interior was stored the workers various instruments and supplies: pins,
scissors, thread, and bobbins. The pillow was set upon the knees allowing the
lacemaker to work her craft on the padded cylinder. A rare survivor…
The making of bobbin lace required a means of attaching multiple threads; bobbin lace
is made from a number of threads attached by pins to a cushion/pillow, each thread
being wound on a small bobbin. The design is drawn on stiff paper or parchment, which
is carefully stretched over the pillow and pricked out along the main lines. Small pins are
inserted at close intervals, around which the threads turn to form the various meshes
A good image depicting the use of a lace pillow is published within Genevieve Cummins
book, Antique Boxes Inside and Out, Page 304, plate 564. Also, A Diderot Pictorial
Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry, plate 445.
For one-handed knitting on the go…this spiral carved example with scalloped scrolled
terminus features black and red decoration against a yellow ground. One third of way
down is a deeper notched groove to accommodate belt of apron tie. The back, carved to
conform to hip, is also paint decorated in the same palate. Likely made by a suitor for
his sweetheart. (Length: 7")
The lift lid inlayed with initials “ED” opens to reveal a quilted silk lining; removeable fitted
tray also with silk lining contains buttons, a slide lid box containing spangles; buttons
and more…of special interest are four wooden spools of Clark threads. (The Clark
Thread Company (thread manufacturers: 1866: Newark, New Jersey, George A. Clark
& Bros. Inc. selling agents: 1897-1917: Newark, New Jersey, USA) Centering eight
molded compartments is a similarly sized domed pincushion covered in velvet. The
removable tray rests on corner blocks atop the deep well.
(Fine condition; 13.75 X 9 5/8 X 7.75”)
Interior with two pockets in silk, one gathered, and three pads for needles, with fabric;
flap interior of printed linen centered with fancy lacework; pincushion ends.
(Very good condition considering age and utility; break to one of the twisted threat with
tassel keeper which will be easily knotted; overall length open 11.5" by 6”)
(Excellent original condition; H: 44.5"; W: 25.25"; D: 11")
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