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Antique Nineteenth Century Figural Coussin a Epingles Pin Cushion
This charming pin cushion takes the form of a bird whose personality greatly comes through in its design. This bird pin cushion originates from Normandy, France dated around 1890, but it features silver maker's mark from England.
The face of the bird is adorned with tiny feathers that help to give it a more realistic and brushed look. He seems a little grumpy when looking at his face because of his down turned beak and bead like eyes. The pin cushion is covered in a brown velvet and is nested in a decorative silver base. The bird looks like he is patiently sitting in his own nest while doing his job of holding pins.
Pin cushions were considered an essential item in the early 1800's because of the heightened prices of needles during the Industrial Revolution. During this period, through the end of the century, clever sewing accessories were produced to keep the precious needles safe.
He measures 2 1/4" in length from the longest point of the beak to the back of the base and 1 1/2" wide. He stands 1 1/4" tall from the bottom to the top of his head. Note: the pins are for display only and are not sold with this cushion.
This pin cushion is a fine example from the Victorian era.
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