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Sewing1616 of 1635Belding Bros. Spool Cabinet Circa 1880sMy trio of thimbles
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Posted 7 years ago


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I am interested to know what this object is. It has a thickly padded top, so is it a pincushion.? When opened to reveal the inner, it has a pink (card) lining and a mirror under the lid. If it is a pincushion then what is the mirror for? HELP.

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  1. Lynnie Lynnie, 7 years ago
    Forgot all about details, Whoops!! The object appears to be made of Tin. It has impressed lines of dots around the circumference, two sets of twin lines on the base and one set of similar on the lid. The container measures 65mm in diameterand 45mm tall. The base is made of black card with an embossed floral pattern in black. The underlid mirror is glass. The cushion?? pad is a brown velour type material. No manufacturers mark to be seen.
  2. sewfan, 7 years ago
    This is listed in "Sewing Tools & Trinkets Collector's Identification & Value guide." Updated 2000.
    Listed under the Sewing Kits, Boxes and Baskets section. pg 77
    It says USA: aluminum, paper line, needles, thread and thimble; c. 1940 $12.00
    That was in 2000 The top is a pin cushion.
  3. Lynda Milner, 7 years ago
    Thank you for that. Unfortunately I don't have the book. If you do can you email the page so I can see the article for myself?. I am still wondering what the mirror is for though !.
  4. Vesta, 7 years ago
    Your item is a traveling sewing kit. I have one with a blue pincushion top. It contains a thimble in the center and five little spools of thread around the thimble. A needle and needle threader lay on top. Handy for making repairs while traveling, and checking them too with the mirror.
  5. lynnie, 7 years ago
    Thank you for that ,Vesta. Have you any idea of the age, please.
    It would be interesting to know when and where it was made and by whom.
  6. Vesta, 7 years ago
    I would have to GUESS at the age, maybe 1940's or 50's. The bottom of mine is stamped Japan. After World War II Japan was occupied by allied forces, and in that time period a lot of products were produced for sale in the US; this may have been one of them.
  7. Lynnie, 7 years ago
    Thanks for that Vespa, that is very helpful. It has puzzled me for years but have never been able to identify its use. thank heavens for the website!.
    regards, Lynnie.
  8. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
    I would agree.....Metal Sewing Pin Cushion

    I think this is SOLVED.....

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