This is a most interesting sewing clamp of nicely wrought steel. It would have been screwed to a table when the lady of the house was doing her needlework and would have been useful with the stylised bird holding the fabric and the pin cushion at the top for pins. This pin cushion appears original and is of deep green velvet. The fabric holder clamp has two ‘beaks’ and a handle with firm spring. When the handle is pressed the beaks open and firmly hold the fabric. The table section of the clamp has nice shaping to the steel and a long screw for winding it up firmly. It is of interest that many small tables of the era have marks underneath where such clamps were attached. The condition of the steel and the velvet is very good for age with tarnish to the steel consistent with age, and some possible fading of the velvet. This is a desirable addition to a collection of these most interesting needlework tool accessories. It was acquired some time ago from the renowned expert on needlework tools, Nerylla Taunton. Maximum length (screwed in) 6.5 ins (16.5cm). Weight 126 grams.