These early complex Tunbridge needlework tools are now quite rare. This is a typical example with coloured line and scenic decoration. It includes the clamp to attach it to the table, a thread winder, a removable needle case, a pin cushion (with the initial ‘E’ set out in pins) and a tape measure. The actual tape and its winder are missing and there is space for another needle case and possibly a second thread winder which are also missing. This piece shows signs of love, age and wear with rubbing of the decoration, some timber loss on the needle case (see image) and the losses as previously mentioned. It has a green label stating ‘A Worthing Gift’ (a town fairly close to Tunbridge). Despite the problems mentioned, this is a desirable and rare survivor from a very early date and highly collectible. It was acquired some time ago from the renowned expert on needlework tools, Nerylla Taunton. Maximum height (screwed up) 6 ins (15.2cm). Weight 60 grams.
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