A lovely presentation pin keep star in multi colors of velvet fabric. Some of the velvets are worn but no rips or tears. There are pins along most of the edges and colorful head pins at the points of the stars. The frame work has to be cardboard but it is very rigid and a substantial free standing work of art. The result is stunning. The star is 6" in diameter, (think cantaloupe size). Circa 1870 Nice piece of folk art.
Gorgeous Art Nouveau lady on the front of the tape measure and Art Nouveau flowers with undulating designs grace the back. She is in excellent condition with no dings or dents to her nose, checks, or chin. The tape is in fine working order.
Measurements: 1 1/2" in diameter
Markings: Unger logo STERLING 925 FINE
SIMONS BROS. of Philadelphia ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER EMBROIDERY SCISSORS with ornate repousse handles decorated the same on both sides
Both handles are marked with the Simons Bros. & Co shield logo, STERLING, 744T
Total length of scissors is 4" - Scissor blades are straight ended with sharp tips and points. One of the blades is marked GERMANY, the other has the Simons logo on it
I consider these to be in very good to excellent condition
Rob Roy was a romantic comic opera first performed in the Herald Square Theatre, New York, on October 20th, 1894. This sterling silver pin wheel would have been a commemorative giveaway at the 150th Performance. This has to be a rather scarce item as not many were produced.
The front of the piece says: WHITNEY OPERA COMPANY 150TH PERFORMANCE of ROB ROY HERALD SQUARE THEATRE
Marked on the back with the Gorham logo, T.KIRKPATRICK ~ N.Y...
This is a superb Victorian mahogany sewing box from the late-1800s. It features a rotating pincushion, eight thread spool holders and escutcheons to pull thread, a drawer, a pull out mirror and bone finials. Nicely made with light inlaid wood and bone (ivory?) finials and escutcheons. Sits on four ball feet. Measures about 7 inches wide, 5-1/4 inches deep and 7 inches tall to the top of the pincushion...
An American sterling silver repousse thread winder in excellent condition.
Measures 2" x 1 1/8"
Marked STERLING-B, 2
Large oyster shell pincushion made by the Shakers circa 1890-1920. It has deep red velvet and has been used as a pincushion, please see pictures. It is 3" by 3" and is almost 2" thick. Nice condition and has it's original red ribbon bow.
Description: Rare - Figural Fish Bodkin
Measurements: 2 5/8" in length and measures 1/2" in width
Signed: Makers mark for Simons Bro. & Co., Philadelphia, Pa, STERLING, pat. Jul 11, '05
Early sewing chatelaine with a needle and a strawberry emery. The needle case has a leather soft cover with white wool inside and the emery is red with yellow strawberry stitches for seeds. The chain is made up of round brass rings with ribbon threaded through to hold the chain together. The chatelaine is 22" long. The leather cover shows wear. The emery is in good condition with a green yarn top. Please look at all the pictures.
This late Georgian reel holder is veneered in mahogany and has a single full depth drawer.It stands on four ball feet and is 233mm high to the top of the reel posts. The width is 147mm and the depth is 186mm. It has retained its original patina. The reels are supported on thick copper wire. There are several names written in pencil on the sides and bottom of the drawer-perhaps previous owners. C 1780.
Two sewing items made by the Shakers. The first one is a pin wheel. It is two pieces of thin cardboard placed together and covered with silk fabric and pins are stuck in all around the edge, hence pin wheel. They were sewing notions sold to be given as gifts. This one is 2 1/2" in diameter and only has one pin in it. It is very graphic and in good condition. $35.
The second item is a shell pin cushion with hand painted flowers around the edge of both sides...
This mauchline pin holder is decorated with a grouping of green and brown ferns on each side, with a faded blue velvet rim (where the pins would have been stuck). It is in excellent condition with some usual wear on the underside. Made in Scotland circa 1880 the heart measures about 2-3/4 inches in height, 1-1/2 inches in width, and 1/2-inch in depth.
Eclectic ensemble of five poplar wood print blocks for cloth from Xinjiang Province. As the majority of people of Xinjiang are Muslim Uighur, Turkic speakers- the patterns reflect a Central Asian identity rather than Han. These would have been used by hand as evidenced by the well worn polished grips on the sides of some of the pieces...
Early 2" square theorem pin cushion Circa 1830-40. The background is gold with green and rose red. The tips of the corners ave tiny gold foil covering The bottom is a cardboard frame and the pincushion sits up about 1" tall. It is in nice condition with no holes.
Antique strawberry pin cushion with velvet top and silk tassels. The strawberry is a soft orange wool with a brown figured velvet top. One side has lots of pins and a small area of wool loss exposing a layer of natural color early homespun. The strawberry is 5" top to bottom and is 3 1/4" in diameter at the widest point. This is an impressive, large and early pin cushion circa 1860-70
Lovely antique Continental sewing kit, circa late 1800's. The sewing kit is made of 935 silver with gold gilt on the interior. It contains a thimble, a thread spool, and needle storage. The silver case measures 3 1/8" long and the thimble measures 5/8" across. Comes in the original box. This set is in very good condition.
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Historic District Antiques
This is a wonderful little Victorian antique sewing item. It is from the late 19th Century (1850-1890). The Pincushion is turned, hand carved and pierced. The cobalt blue velvet pincushion is hand sewn onto the vegetable ivory base...
This is an amazing 1870-80's leather boot pincushion. It is a big 10" tall with black beads and metallic trim. The top has a velvet striped pincushion that is red, blue, brown and tan. The boot has scuff marks on one side but no holes. The leather is supple and maybe shoe polish would make the spots disappear. On the bottom of the boot a seam has popped but long time ago. This is really an amazing early pincushion. (I have posted 5 pictures.)