For 19th century babies, christening pillows also known as layette pin cushions, were the de rigueur gift of the day. True labors of love, they were hand decorated with straight pins that not only extended a friendly welcome, but were a nursery necessity as well. Artfully inscribed with heartfelt sentiments, these little cushions offered a pretty, though not inexpensive, way of catering to a mother's dependence on straight pins for fastening baby clothes. This little gift was only bestowed at birth or soon after. With "more pins, more pain" the prevailing dictum/superstition of the day--and midwives banning them from the birth room--no woman was daring enough to tempt fate!
This is an unusual example of a later 19th century layette pin cushion. It measures 5”x 2 1/2”. It is filled with sand to keep the pins sharp and covered with an ivory polished cotton or satin. In addition to its "Congratulations" message, It is decorated with ivory lace embellished with pins as well as two tassels and four ribbons.
This pin cushion is in superb condition. It was clearly treasured, never used, tucked away and protected from the air. It would be a fine addition to your pin cushion or sewing tools collection.
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19th Century Layette Pin Cushion --Congratulations
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