This is a wonderful Vintage Pink Silk Sewing Basket Handpainted Flowers with Original Needlework Tools. The fabric is pink silk with hand painted wild orchids?? There is a pink cord that goes around the exterior of the basket that connects each panel to form the six sided shape. Original matching hand painted attached accessories include a holder for the celluloid or plastic thimble, an wooden spool, a pin cushion, a needlecase or book (without any interior pages), and a heart shape sewing emery. There are also two pockets and other empty places where scissors and other sewing tools can be housed. The exterior of the panels each has a hand painted floral scene each different from the other.There is modest light foxing to the fabric here and there but no rips, tears or holes.The diameter is about 9-10 inches and the height is about 3 1/4 inch. The hand painting on this basket is so beautiful!
A viewer sent me this email with the story behind this wonderful sewing basket:
You might like to know this: My mother was a nurse on the American President Lines Ships after doing her nursing duty with the army during WWII. She traveled back and forth from Hong Kong to San Francisco on this ship many times.
She acquired several of these sewing baskets for her mother and sisters in Hong Kong where they were made. Or ones very similar were made. They came fully stocked with sewing supplies and were considered to be a mending kit you would take along when traveling. So pretty! All my aunts kept them as keepsakes quite carefully. I admired them when I was a little girl and now I have one!
The ones she got were all different colors and had different scenes or flowers - whatever the artist felt like painting it seemed.
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