Georgian Pincushion Theorem Pin Cushion English Circa 1820
We are delighted to offer this very sweet early 19th century pincushion for your consideration. Dating to the first quarter of the nineteenth century when most ladies owned a sewing box. This tiny treasure would have been an invaluable addition to her sewing box or reticule because as well as storing pins, it also encloses a small mirror.
Measuring a wee 3" by 2" by 0.5".
The book form outer body is constructed from a very stiff and substantial board. This board is covered in laid paper with a red ink narrow border. The central lozenge shape to both back and front, is raised with a gold embossed foil border and inner velvet painted theorem design of two fruits and foliage. One opens the case to reveal the inner mirror on one side and the rectangular box to the other side - the pins are held around the inner ribbon covered band.
Condition - This piece is nearly two hundred years old and is showing its age. The laid paper has stained with age to both back and front. We believe that a ribbon tie would have held the pincushion shut, one can see little slots to each front where this would have been. The mirror backing to the interior is very, very distressed almost to the point of completely disappearing. However, faults stated the coloring is superb and the structure strong. Both theorems are in excellent condition.
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