For sale is a wonderful, and I believe rare, group of 19th century sewing items that came from a collection in Illinois. I was told that they were probably originally owned or even made by a sailor, although I can't verify that. Included in the group is a wooden painted yellow with red stripes needle case, and its contents, which include 4 various size needles, and a hook of some kind that has a cover. The hook is marked with a number 10, and the 2 larger needles are also marked, one with the initials "VVL", and the other "W. Woodfield & Sons 13". The needle case measures about 4 3/4" long and 5/8" in diameter, and is in nice antique condition, with expected appropriate wear. The needles also exhibit an aged patina. Also included is a wooden sewing implement that I think is some kind of thread holder or separator, although I'm not completely sure. It is handmade, and has a heart near one end, possibly signifying that it was made by or for a loved one. It measures about 3 1/4" x 1 1/4", and is in nice antique condition. It comes with a beautiful case that is made of suede and velveteen, and has a sweet floral design on one side, rickrack trim, wool felt liner, and a long ribbon for wearing around the neck, I believe. This piece measures about 3 1/2" x 2 3/8", and is also in nice antique condition.
Rare Group of 19th C. Inc. Sewing Items inc. Carved Thread Separator w/Heart