A new baby in the community has always been treasured. A layette pincushion as a gift was a not uncommon custom in the 18th and 19th centuries. Classic examples were made from silk edged with fringe and decorated with intricate designs using pins. This charming pincushion is of cream silk with a cream fringe which is attached with pins. The top surface has a frame of flowers picked out with pins with the central delightful message, “Welcome Sweet Babe”. The under aspect is plain. The pincushion is very firm and may well have a horsehair stuffing. This piece dates to approximately 1800. The condition for age is very good apart from scattered age-spotting and a couple of small areas of loss of the silk in one corner and in a few other areas, and the occasional missing pin. These are now quite rare and this would be a lovely addition to a collection of pincushions, early homecrafts or part of display for a collection of dolls. Length without fringe7 ins (17.8cm). Width without fringe 5.5 ins (14cm). Weight 446 grams.