A rare design for 19thc Scottish mauchline that suggests a totemic shield this large pin disk measures about 2-3/4 inches in diameter and almost 3/4 inches in depth. The motif is hand painted with gilded accents including a wide inner border. The dark blue fabric is in excellent condition and the hanging loop is string rather than silk, also in excellent condition. The underside was stained black originally and has faded and been rubbed to a lighter shade.
Antique sewing clamp with original paint decoration and a very nice brown velvet pin cushion top. It retains a lot of the original paint and has strong pleasing colors. The velvet pincushions shows use but no breaks or leaks. The threads on the clamp work fine and it clamps nicely to a table top or the edge of a shelf for display. It has an extra hole on the bottom and I don't know what it is for. It is threaded so maybe it had a stand at one time...
Early American Embroidered Purse
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Two very nice Shaker hand sewn needle cases in the shape of bonnets. They are both good size. The brown satin one is a bit early and probably dates to 1890 where as the calico one is from the 1930's. They are about 4" by 5" and both have white wool pages to hold the needles and pins. The condition is good on both but the calico one has a spot on the back of the bonnet...please see close up picture.
A 6 pointed star pin "wheel" pincushion. It is about 1" thick and is 2 3/4" in diameter. It is blue and cream silk and satin on one side and purple and silver silk on the other. It has been used and shows age discoloring and some scuffing but no holes. It is a very nice early sewing item.
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.)
An American sterling silver repousse thread winder in excellent condition.
Measures 2" x 1 1/8"
Marked STERLING-B, 2
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
A napkin ring covered in the MacDuff tartan, made in Scotland circa 1860. The ring is in excellent condition with all the paper intact. There is one tiny nick in the wood rim. The ring measures two inches in diameter and one inch in height.
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.
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...
Measurements: 4 5/8" x 7/8" at its widest - 3/4 oz. total weight
Marked as "sterling," although the mark is very worn...
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 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...
Sterling Silver Thread Case decorated with applied fleur de lis
Markings: Sterling on the base; mono on lid
Measures: 1 1/4" high x 1" diameter
Condition: Great Estate Condition