This is an attractive hemming clamp in bird-form. It has a clamp with screw-up closure and the remainder of the clamp is decorated with foliage. Above this is a small bird clamp with finely decorated feathers. There is a firm steel spring so that when the tail is pressed the beak opens and then closes very securely. There is a long spirally-decorated section passing to a small cup which holds an original deep purple velvet pin cushion. This would have been used while hemming to keep the fabric taut by placing the fabric into the beak of the bird. If the fabric was too delicate for this, it could be pinned to the pin cushion. The condition of this piece is very good for age but much of the original purple velvet has rubbed away, but it is pleasing that it is original. This is another variety of sewing clamp/hemming bird and is more unusual than some other styles - it would be an interesting addition to a collection of table clamps or other needlework tools. It was acquired some time ago from the renowned expert on needlework tools, Nerylla Taunton. Height 5.25 ins (13.3cm) x maximum width 2.75 ins (7.0cm). Weight 96 grams.