[HNW] Re: contents of period sewing baskets

Carolyn Kayta Barrows kayta at frys.com
Sun Jan 27 22:33:03 PST 2002


Wahoo!  That's just the kind of answer I was looking for.  Thank you.  But
I certainly wouldn't turn down more like it.

> >What else should go in
> >there? What distinguishing things will make the contents of one basket
> >look Victorian and that of the other look late Victorian/Edwardian?
>
>Victorian workboxes (bear with me, I'm having to draw on what I've seen on
>Antiques Roadshow) seem to be distinguished by collections of "Tunbridge
>ware" boxes: little boxes made with simple light and dark wood marquetry.
>I've seen one with little pegs for holding spools of sewing cotton, and
>have seen drawings of ones for pins and needles. Other things: sewing
>bird, a tape measure in an acorn, a needlecase, scissors in all sort of
>silly shapes (birds, fish and such), embroidery silk, thimble, an
>alabaster egg (hand cooler), and a vinagrette. There might also be a
>"sewing doll" made of spools of thread and a stuffed body.
>The Edwardian one (at least, my great-grandmother's) had large scissors,
>needlework scissors, packets of different needles, buttons, wooden spools
>of sewing cotton, wooden spools of quilting thread, parts for her Singer,
>extra bobbins, cotton embroidery floss, tatting shuttle, very fine crochet
>hooks, several thimbles, pin cushion, emery cushion, lots of pins, tape
>measure, a short straight edged ruler, and a notepad and pencil. Needless
>to say, it was a large workbox! 8-) However, she was a very enthusiastic
>needlewoman; other Edwardian boxes may contain fewer items.
>Hope this helps.
>Dawn Jacobson
>
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Kayta
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