Pennsylvania Carved Coal Pincushion, Scranton,  Antique/Vintage - image 1 of 5

Although more than one of these pin cushions must have made, we've been unable to find any other examples. The material is anthracite (which makes sense, as Scranton was a big coal producing area). When rubbed, the piece becomes electrically charged. It has not been actually "carved", but lathe turned, with most parts polished, and two of the grooves left unpolished. I have not been able to find another example of this pin cushion.

On the top ring the words: SCRANTON PA. I date this piece c.1900-1930.

The base diameter is 2-3/4", the height to the top of the turned jet is 1-3/4", and then the red fabric pin cushion sits on top of that. Condition is very good. There are 3 small chips and a few scratches at the back of the jet holder, and a slight nick under the "N" of Scranton. These are shown in a photo below.

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Pennsylvania Carved Coal Pincushion, Scranton, Antique/Vintage


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