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Antique Figural Pelote a Epingles (Pincushion)
This jaunty goat pulls a little cart which holds cushions and pockets for a lovely lady's pins and needles. This type of needlework accessory was popular in the mid to late 1800's within the nobility class of Parisians. The little goat originates from Paris and dates from the mid nineteenth century.
The goat is cast from a mold and has life-like detail representing the form of the body with careful detailing of the shoulders, ribs and round belly, fur, face and delicate horns. The little brass cart is attached to the goat with two hitching rails and a harness. The cart has an axel and two wheels (which will turn). The sides of the cart are molded in a basket weave design.
Inside the cart are two large cushions (covered in claret red velvet) set into a brass bezel frame (measuring 2 1/2" x 1" each). There are four little brass pockets for holding packets of needles between the cushions.
The entire piece measures (from end of hitching rails to nose tip of goat)7 1/4" long, 3 1/2" wide (wheel to wheel) 3" tall (basket), the goat measures 2 1/4" tall to center back and 2 3/4" long (back leg to front).
It has survived in good and sound condition. There is some reinforcement to the inside wheel centers added in the past. The front cart panel has moved slightly forward from age and use but still holds the original shape well. The piece sits nicely on the tabletop.
It is a charming old piece from a period when fine needlework was admired and the tools and accessories for this past-time were unique and individual.
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