Needles, once quite labor-intensive to make, have long been valued as an important domestic tool. As far back as the Vikings, people kept their needles in ornamental boxes and cases. In the Victorian era, needle cases were made of wood, bone, sterling silver, pewter, or other materials, and often shaped like figural or decorative items. 'Needle books' were also common, generally hand made, and often embroidered. The etui was also a popular item: while not a dedicated needle holder, these small boxes held needles and other items women would need for domestic tasks (scissors, pencils, tweezers, etc).


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Sewing Machine Collector

Sewing Machine Collector

Geoff and Norma Dickens' reference site on vintage toy sewing machines from the late 1800s. Browse the images alpha… [read review or visit site]

Sensibility Vintage Images

Sensibility Vintage Images

An extensive collection of photos and ephemera illustrating changing fashion styles from 1795 to 1959. Includes por… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique Figural Wooden Alligator Needle Case * Circa 1890Antique Georgian Solid Silver Bokin Sewing Needle Case Bright Cut Engraved NrAntique Mother Of Pearl & Silver Bodkin / Needle Case * French * Circa 1700sAntique Mother Of Pearl Needlebook Circa 1850Ornate Antique Gilded Silver Needle Case * French Hallmark * Circa 1830Antique Victorian Hm1868 Solid Silver Sewing Egg Needle Bodkin Case Thread ReelVintage Boye Sewing Machine Needle,bobbin & Shuttle Store Display Disp.w DrawerLovely Antique Painted Glass Needlecase Circa 1850Antique Victorian Wooden Desk Needle / Thimble Holder, 19.cAntique Vegetable Ivory & Bone Tape Measure / Needle Case * Circa 1890Mother Of Pearl And Silver Metal Needle Case, Stunning Antique Antique Victorian Carved Wooden Needle / Sewing Case Screw FitVintage/antique Brass Trench/shed Art Needle Case NeedlecaseC1840s Victorian Antique Needle & Pin Storage Pillow Glass Cover Image VictoriaStaffordshire White Trellis/blue Dot Bodkin Case With Landscape Reserves NrPretty Art Deco Engraved French 'dorins Paris' Cosmetic / Needle Case C 1930's2 Vintage Red Sewing Kits That Are Lovely And Useful Antique Mauchline Ware Washington Dc Souvenir Sewing Needle Thread Case Egg EtuiVintage Antique Sewing Wood Needle Holder Poland Woman Figural Hand PaintedAntique Brass Needlecase, Ornate Floral Design, RectangularAntique Palais Royal Mother Of Pearl Needle Case * Circa 1820Antique English Brass Needlecase "the Quadruple Golden Casket"Vintage Antique Mickey Mouse Disney Needle Holder Sewing Tool True Vtg 1938's Antique Bone Parasol Needle Case W/ 12 View Stanhope Of Versailles * Circa 1890Vintage Ww2 Vintage Trench Art 1940 50 Caliber Gun Shell Needle Case Good Cond. Antique English Needlebox "palace Companion" 1874Antique Solid Silver Engraved Needle Case * Dutch * Circa 1870A Whistle Thimble, A Blue Chicken And Other NoveltiesVintage Cat Sewing Needle Card Bestmaid Vintage Sewing Needle Case AdvertisingAntique Boye Needles And Wooden Cases Lot Of 18 & Threader NosVtg Figural Spark Plug Sewing Kit Needle Thimble France Marchat Corindon RacingAntique Lot Of 55 Sewing Needles & Case Victorian Late 1800s Graphics Vintage Signed Sewing Wood Egg Handy Darner Needlecase 2-7/8" TallVintage Lot Double Point Knitting Needles, Crochet Hooks, Embroidery NeedlesVintage Lot Of Sewing Needle Packets And Machine Needles In Boye Wood CasesVintage Needle Books With AdvertisingAntique 1870's-1880's Victorian Era Wooden Needle Case W/lovely PatinaVintage Boye Needle Packets Millinery Embroidery Cotton Darners Sharps EnglandAntique, Victorian Asbro (trade Mark) Miniature Barrel Needle Case (2 1/4" High)Unger Bothers 925 Sterling Silver Needle CaseLot Of 3 Vintage Sewing Needle Threader Advertisements: Antique 1890's Kirby, Beard & Co. England Case 20 Sewing Pack Embroidery Needles