Sunday, June 03, 2007


This sweet, petite, basket is approx. 100 years old, measuring 6" X 6" of cane and woven or plaited straw?
(Sorry, but not sure about some of these types of materials.)
This basket is empty and the kapok filled silk pincushion lined
lid is rather dilapidated. I did not take a photo of the inside, but
if you would like to see inside, let me know.
These baskets remind me of the type you see in such movies
as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, etc.

This is a shamrock or clover shaped red velvet sewing box, decorated with gold filigree, and very ornately decorated gold handle. Taking a guess, as is the case with a lot of these, I would say it is about 80 to 100 years old, and a lot of the velvet on top has worn away. Again, this is empty. I would be very suprised to find any of these sewing baskets with completely original contents and tools. So many would get separated and lost. You would most likely find them with some tools which would have been placed at later times.

It would be very tempting to place several tools in here. In a way it does make it "come to life", to give it a proper purpose, to give it a provenance, but that would not be right. Only if it is going to be genuinely used as such would give it a "new story".

This sewing basket stands about 30 inches (75 cms), and from 1920's - 30's. It is pink silk lined.
The contents are not original to this basket but are only being stored in it. The small shelf under the basket is missing its lining as there is evidence of glue in it.. The lady I purchased this from said that it had a pink silk lining on the bottom and around the sides.
The Coats box pictured beside the basket is a shop counter display box for cotton reels.

Below is pictured some of the contents currently being stored in this basket. Button cards, needle books, and other haberdashery items.

The cross stitch worked pin card has the name Ann Parker worked on it. It is gingham backed.

Also in the basket are four small containers of berry pins, three capsule type sewing kits, two new needlecases purchased from Lacis, a leather covered darning kit, scissors, the cutest sheep buttons, and a tape measure (far left of picture).

Last but not least, I have a picture of the treasures purchased from Noreen of Crone-Findlay. Thanks, Noreen! There is a Bumblebee, Ladybug with baby, and a Red Hat spoolknitter.
The book is one of many available on the website.


catsmum said...

I would've thought that the shamrock one was a wee bit older than that. It has a kind of late victorian sensibility to it... but as you know more about 'em than me, I bow to your judgement :]
btw if you ever see another one of those pussycat needle cases, I know a close friend of yours who'd love one !!! Okay, okay, just joking ... sort of

crazyhaberdasher said...

I dont know for sure about the age of the red velvet box - and yes, it really is shamrock shaped rather than clover shaped - it could be older.
......and I am keeping an eye out for another cat needlecase.