This is a most fascinating steel table clamp as it is specifically designed for netting. This was a favoured embroidery skill of the late 18th - early 19th centuries and this type of clamp was used for small net accessories or occasionally for a gown. Various styles of steel clamps are sometimes found in the exquisite Palais Royal boxes of the early 19th century. This example has a heart-shaped base to the winder and the hook to hold the thread has some decorative bands in the section below. The condition is very good for age but there is some tarnish to the steel which would not be unexpected with age. It was acquired some time ago from the renowned expert on needlework tools, Nerylla Taunton and a similar example appears in her book on page 70 and items made from netting on pages 68-69. Length 3.75 ins (9.5cm). Weight 20 grams.