In addition to needle cases, scissors, thimbles, and pin cushions, other sewing tools such as rulers, bodkins, clamps, and thread winders can be highly collectible. The most valuable items in this genre date from the Victorian era, the heyday of sewing. Look for whole sets of items, often boxed in decorative sewing boxes or etui cases, and engraved items, which sometimes bear the name or initials of an affluent seamstress.


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