This is an Old Victorian Sewing Needle Pin Emery Sharpener Blue Velvet Heart Shape Needlework Tool. The emery is larger than most and measures 2 1/4 inch by 2 1/4 inch. It is heavy and filled with emery to keep needles and pins sharp.The very deep royal blue silk velvet has mostly worn off from age. I believe this form was made by the Shaker Community. 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.
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