early 17th century

Object Place: England


17 x 23 cm (6 11/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, silk brocade, metal alloy pins, and silk tassels

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pincushion covered with silk woven with stripes of dark brown alternating with finely figured brown and cream colored silk, pins arranged in bands of letters, zig-zags, and diamonds, stuck in the dark brown stripes, backed with figured dark brown and pale brown silk, tassels of blue and yellow silk at the four corners, some of the pins have been removed; worn; according to tradition pincushion was presented by Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of James I. of England to an ancestor of donor who was one of the Queen’s ladies in attendance.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Catharine Peacock