A lovely an rare antique leather Georgian sewing box with engraving and fittings from the early 19th century.
The box is covered with brown morocco leather, has four claw feet and ring handles with lion's heads. The size is approximately 9,5" x 6" x 4.2" (24,5 x 15,5 x 11cm). When you open the lid you discover on the an incredible "one of a kind" engraving. I think it depicts a goddess of love ín a carriage that is pulled by two love birds, accompanied by two cupids. The lower interior is lined with green paper with metal borders into twelve sections:
- the centre one has the leather lift out lid with place for sewing tools, in this case one bone stiletto or awl. Underneath the lid there's a small handmade cream silk needle holder wrapped around a handmade pin cushion of the same silk and, very rare, plaited ribbon and straw
- one holds the original metal bobbin holder with four bone bobbins
- four hold bone barrel shaped thread containers with wooden bobbins inside (one had lost it's lid)
- two corner sections have red leather lids
- one corner section holds a small wooden tape measure
- one section is lined with green velvet and is made to hold two thimbles
- one section holds a red leather needle book
- one holds a pin cushion. In the pictures you see one as it was when I purchased the box (pict. 3)and a picture where I have covered the pin cushion with red silk, hold in place with small pins (pict 1.)
Underneath the lift out tray there are twelve more small sections for bobbins and one large section to store larger sewing tools. Here you'll find a small handmade paper pierced pin cushion with beadwork, a hatpin, three crochet hooks and a t-shaped wish bone for good luck.
This box's origin is England circa 1800s. The box is in overall good condition for it's age, but shows some signs of it's over 200 years of history.: at one time a flower vase or pot on it has caused a ring shaped stain in the lid (pict. 9), the leather is at some places, especially the back corners worn (pict. 10), the silk engraving has some holes in it, the two small square leather lids have lost there knobs and the key has gone lost. Please take a close look at the pictures to get a good impression of it's state.