Sewing case with pin cushion

American (New England)

Object Place: USA


34 x 6.1 x 4 cm (13 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave, wool, linen, embroidered with gilt wrapped thread and silk; tambour work, wool stuffing, and silk ribbon.

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Small sewing case, tear shaped with upper part a pin cushion, and lower part and envelope, open at bottom and containing a double leaf of red wool for storage of needles, long pink ribbon loop attached to needle case and threaded through top of entire case for hanging, pin cushion covered in back with pink silk, on front with white satin and polychrome silk embroidered design of carnation and other small blossoms, pin cushion trimmed on edges with gold cord and minute silk tassels, the envelope (sewn to back of pin cushion) made of foundation of brown wool covered with black satin which is in turn embroidered with polychrome silk chain stitch floral motives, envelope lined with pink glazed linen, edges of envelope bound with ombré pink ribbon; black satin and ribbon binding somewhat worn.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes