Antique Early 19th Century Silk Pincushion Original Handmade Pins Circa 1820 Regency
This is a beautiful example of an original late Georgian pincushion. Handmade in its square form from wonderful duck egg blue silk satin (shoes satin). See the neat and tiny stitches around the central edge, so typical of early 19th century needlework precision. This fine example has a stiffened edge to give it the box cushion shape and is padded with a soft wadding. To each corner is a six petal flower made from 0.75" Lilliputian sized handmade pins. Each pin has a pointed end but the pin head was not manufactured all in one. It has a separately made coil of wire that wraps around the top of the pin (see photo). This collar is clearly evident on each pin and therefore predates the mechanization of pin making in Great Britain circa 1830's. When the process of making pins by hand was a labor intensive process that involved up to 18 steps in the making of one pin! During the 18th century pins were a NECESSITY not only for needlework but for holding one's clothing on. Great Britain was the largest manufacturer of pins in the world. In fact in 17775, the American Congress of a premium of £50 for the first twenty five dozen pins made that would equal the quality of those being imported from England.
Size: 3.25" by 3" by 0.75".
Condition: Very good, sound and stable being free from perishing. There are a few minor age spots on the silk satin. The pins are in good order and all complete.
A superb addition to your antique sewing collection.
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