This is an Antique Shaker Bronzed Leather Sewing Roll Up Box Kit Intricate With Provenance C Mid 1800s. The United Society of Believers were a primarily 19th century religious society that became known as "the Shakers" because of the trembling and shaking of the members during prayer. Among other things, they produced many many sewing items to be sold to the outside world. This is the most intricate elaborate Shaker sewing box that I have ever had. There are so many parts to it that it is difficult to picture all of it at once. There are two pockets, a lidded box section, a place for thimble, a pin cushion, a needle case with three pages, a scabbard for scissors, and two scabbards for sewing implements. Another amazing thing about this case is that it is all precision hand stitched with the tiniest of stitches and lined in the most wonderful pink, white, and black silk plaid fabric. Two little old Provenance notes came with this case. One reads “Grandma Wait’s Civil War Sewing basket” and the other reads “Grandma Wait’s sewing kit. Civil War period.” The bronzed leather case is in very good condition considering its age, and the silk has not deteriorated at all. The whole case is beautifully bound. It measures 4-1/8 inches by 3 inches by 1-1/2 inches. Two silk ties once went around the box to hold it closed. An extraordinary piece.
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