Maine has two Native American Passamaquoddy Reservations in Washington county, and members there have traditionally made baskets. These four sewing items would have originally been sold in a somewhat flat round sewing basket that held them. These four items have not been made for decades even though there are still Passamaquoddy basket makers today. It was the “old timers” I was told who could make such small items for sale, a very difficult thing to create, so the basket maker had to be very adept at the process. During the Depression members traveled throughout Maine selling these items door to door to earn money. These four items, the thimble holder, pin cushion, needle holder and scissor holder are hard to find today. They are a Maine estate item though the basket they would have been in is gone. They are all in excellent condition with no damage to any of them. The scissor holder is probably the most rare of the four items in the set. If you look carefully at the bottom of the small pincushion you can see the original knotted thread that was used when the bottom was started and then attached to the cushion. This knotting is also sometimes seen on thimble holders but not on this one. It is a wonderful set for the sewing enthusiast and a great example of Native American basket art as well.
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Passamaquoddy Sweetgrass and Ash Sewing Set
$95 USD SOLD
USPS First-Class Package Service - Retail
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