Brushed cotton cushion rests with the bolection and ogee shaped rectangular canted
tray and is raised on turned posts atop a similarly shaped box containing a spring-
loaded pin tray. The drawer opens by depressing a tiny spring tab on the reverse.
Threaded clamp bolt features a pierced thumbpiece displaying initials “KC”. Perusing
many sewing/needlework tools books we were unable to locate a similar device.
Antique Knitting Sheath,
Carved & Painted Needle Case
Unknown maker, 19th Century - SOLD
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")
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.
Material: Wood…cannot ascertain species due to paint coverage; iron clamp screw &
Condition: Fine original condition, bright paint, good patina
Additional Information: Turned and molded drum form table clamp with handwrought and filed
thumbscrew. Cup finial above blades featuring sweet little heart shape escutcheons…perhaps
made as a love token.
The longer roll-up features four pockets, each gathered with binding tape facilitating closure. The three-pocket roll-up features two fixed pockets; the lower gathered on twisted wool string facilitating closure. Both remain in excellent condition.
(13 by 4.75", 22.5 by 5.25")
The Cheltenham Female Orphan Asylum was founded in 1806 as a school for orphans, teaching the skills needed to become a house servan in wealthy homes. One side reads "Victoria & Albert, Feby 10 1840", the other side reads "Virtuous woman is a (crown) to her husband". Dimensions: 2.75 by 2.5".
Pin Ball, Antique Knitted Pin Cushion, MM, 1815
Unknown Maker, MM - SOLD
(Generally excellent condition excepting one small imperfection; an eighth-inch hole that doesn't really distract; 2 by 1.75 by 1.75")
Pin Ball, Knitted Pin Cushion, Ship, Ann Swainson, 1774
England - SOLD
The condition is constant with being well-loved and frequently used; scattered "period of use" mending.
It appears that this knitted piece was made to refresh another which is underneath. Dimensions: 2.5 by 2.25 by 2.5")
Coin silver belt hook by noted silversmith, engraved monogram; "JW", coin silver chain featuring hand wrought double figure eight links; chain hangs from coin silver heart; center with floral motif; border engraving; silk brocade on linen foundation pin-ball.
(Wear and thread loss is minor, consistent with age and use; the ball displays a few tiny holes; scattered loss to silk tape; structural integrity is fine, remains attractive.
Authentic women's work pockets are becoming increasingly hard to find.
This example, discovered and stashed decades ago, now emerges from a private collection.
A wonderful variety of early block and roller printed cottons make up the front, with the back a cream colored linen. With the exception of one patch having a small tear, and missing the ties, the condition is very good.
Dimensions: 18" long and 12.25" at widest point.
Pincushion and clamp riser are intricately filed, masterfully hand forged and decorated with exceptional file work; table clamp and thread spindle feature matching heart terminus. The pin cushion has a scalloped and pierced rim; the snake head spring clamp with beautifully scrolled handle maintains correct tension. The file notched frontal medallion bears the initials "ICC". This unique tool of convenience remains in overall excellent condition with light surface oxidation that will clean with oil; cushion fabric replaced. (H: 8"; W: 4.75"; D: 5.25")
Each of the domed scalloped dividers mounted to central shaft are pierced to receive steel rods that hold the antique wooden spools of thread; the whole raised on conforming circular base having a single drawer and raised on conical tinned sheet iron feet. This amazing and wonderful piece remains in fine original condition; it appears that one spool rod may be a retro. (Dimensions: H: 8.5"; diameter: 6.5")
Pair of Huswifes in matching cotton prints on needlecase side, opposite in different early brown cotton prints.
Dimensions: length 14.5 by 4-inches & 13.5 by 4-inches.
912-124 - SOLD
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