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Misc. Antique Sewing Related

Past Sales Archive

This is just a sample of the many sewing related antiques we have sold.
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Special Note Concerning Prices Seen Below:
Most prices seen reflect actual sale results from this website.
Prices seen span a long period of time and may not reflect current values.  Some are selling for more, many now sell for less.
On some pieces you will see no price, or a price range, with or without an explanation.  The reasons for that are discussed on the FAQ page.

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Victorian THread Holder Victorian Cast Iron 2-Tier Thread Stand  This wonderful antique sewing accessory combines elaborate Victorian design with practicality and function.  The only other example I have ever seen is pictured in Gay Ann Rogers An Illustrated History of Needlework Tools (plate 133).  With pins to hold 24 spools of thread, a bottom tray to hold thimbles or needlework tools of any sort, and a top piece that was most likely meant to be made into a pincushion, this gold-wash over red and black painted cast iron thread stand is both fancy and functional.   It measures about 10" tall, and is a decorative way to store and display many spools of colored thread.

Good + . . . . .  $395.00     SOLD!!






Antique Embrodiray ClampAntique Cast Iron Embroidery Hoop Clamp  This is one of the neatest antique sewing tools I have ever used!  It clamps on to the edge of the table or the arm of a chair and holds any size embroidery hoop, allowing for nearly infinite adjustments of angle by means of a ball and socket joint.  Once you use one of these to hold your handwork you will wonder how you ever got along without it!  It is great looking and portable, so use it for quilting, cross-stitch, embroidery, rug hooking, or whatever kind of needlework you do.

Good + . . . . .  $95.00     SOLD!!




Glass Sock DarnerPink Glass Sock/Stocking Darner  This 5 1/2" closed pontil example is a lovely shade of pink, which probably would have photographed truer if I had used a white background rather than the light blue one I chose.

Good + . . . . .  $45.00     SOLD!!





19th Century Lady's Sewing Purse19th Century Lady's Antique Sewing "Purse"   This is an extremely unusual piece---a fabulous and elaborate little purse, specially made for and outfitted with 19th century antique sewing and needlework tools.  My collector felt it was perhaps a seamstress' purse, or a purse that a "lady's maid" might have carried when her "Lady" went visiting, so that she could repair anything that might needed attention.  It is equally likely it was a fashion accessory, an object of decoration, carried by an upper class woman, meant to be shown off and admired as much as used.      

It is covered in what looks to be crocodile leather,  with a sterling silver frame, hallmark dated 1867,Antique Sewing Purse London, England.  The chain for the purse to hang from the waistband is silver also.  The silver clasp on the front of the bag is also hallmarked.

The interior is lined in blue silk and there are several sections for all the tools to tuck into.  There is a crochet hook handle in ivory/bone, an embroidery stiletto,  a small button hook, all with ivory/bone handles.  And a very small pencil.  There is a small notebook covered in the blue silk which is unused, as well as a silk needle holder and a small mirror.  There is a sterling thimble and a sterling tape measure holder, however, the blue measuring tape has fallen out, but is in one of the pockets of the bag.

The condition is very good and I have never seen another one like it.  This piece is from an outstanding and long-time collection, and is not something that is likely to come available again.  My consigner stated that although "it is not the most beautiful piece I have had, it is perhaps the most charming.  I have always been fond of it." 

Highly recommended!  

Good + . . . . .  $795.00     SOLD!!




Tatting Shuttle and Bone WinderBone Tatting Shuttle and Bone Winder  These two pieces date from an era when sailors with too much time on their hands at sea would fashion needlework tools out of available materials as gifts for their sweethearts at home.  Both of these pieces are bone.  The tatter measures about 3 1/2" long and is nicely crafted and in super condition with no dings or chips or flaws.  The winder is more crudely made but well thought out in design and fully intact.  These two needlework tools are ready to go back to work or on display.

Good + . . . . .  $45.00     SOLD!!





Shoe Sewing Tape MeasureMetal "Three Feet-in-One" Shoe Sewing Tape Measure  This humorous early 20th century American-made figural metal tape measure is one in a series of five.  This example is in real nice condition---the tape pulls out and retracts as it should and shows little sign of wear.

Good + . . . . .  $95.00     SOLD!!





Three Feet-in-One Shoe Sewing Tape Measure"Three Feet-in-One" Shoe Sewing Tape Measure  This figural metal tape measure is one in a series of five.  This example is in real nice condition---the tape pulls out and retracts as it should and shows little sign of wear.

Good + . . . . .  $125.00     SOLD!!







Figural Hat Sewing Tape MeasureFigural Hat Sewing Tape Measure  This figural metal tape measure is one in a series of five.  This example is in real nice condition---the tape pulls out and retracts as it should and shows little sign of wear.

Good + . . . . .  $145.00     SOLD!!







Figural Sewing Tape MeasureFigural Sewing Tape Measure  This figural metal tape measure is one in a series of five.  This example is in real nice condition---the tape pulls out and retracts as it should and shows little sign of wear.

Good + . . . . .  $125.00     SOLD!!







Shoe Sewing Tape MeasureScissor  This pair of rare scissors shows little sign of wear.

Good + . . . . .  $195.00     SOLD!!










Ruby Red Glass Sock or Stocking Darner  The shape of this one is really different!  How many times have you wondered how many of these pieces must have rolled off the table and broken?  The manufacturer of this 4 1/2" piece solved that problem by designing a form with a flattened "head" to enable it to stand upright on its own.  My photo is a horrible depiction of the color, which is actually a wonderfully vivid ruby red!  If you are interested in it let me know and I will get you a better photo.

Good + . . . . .  $75.00     SOLD!!




Advertising Needle CaseBoye Advertising Needle Case  These can be found with or without the bottom drawer.  This one is chock full of bobbins needles and more.   

Good + . . . . .  $250.00     SOLD!!










Pinking Machine2 Mechanical Clamp-on Pinking Machines  Both are in nice condition.  Both are sharp and ready for use.  The one on the left cuts a simple zigzag but the cutting wheel is not terribly sharp and you have to crank down the tension all the way to get it through cotton fabric---not one you are going to be able to use on felt or heavy fabrics.  The one on the right cuts a fancier triple scalloped zigzag design and should be able to handle most any job.

Good + . . . . .  $195.00     SOLD!!

Good + . . . . .  $175.00     SOLD!!



Antique Shaker Style Thread Holding BoxAntique Shaker-Style Thread Holding Box   This combination pincushion / thread holder / sewing box is clean and simple in appearance, with just three thread gimlets on the front and one on each side.  Very classy and in really nice condition!

Good + . . . . .  $125.00     SOLD!!







Inlaid Walnut Thread Stand / PincushionEarly Inlaid Walnut Thread Stand / Pincushion  This antique spool holder is nicely crafted with inlaid strips of contrasting wood, a rounded front drawer, and spool pins made from unusual nails that have rounded raised heads, which I believe are original to it.  The box portion measures about 4 1/2" square, and it stands 7" tall to the top of the pincushion.

Good + . . . . .  $95.00     SOLD!!






Colonial Lady Ceramic Sewing Tape MeasureColonial Lady Ceramic Sewing Tape Measure   Marked "15602 Germany".

Good + . . . . .  $50.00     SOLD!!










Man with fly on head porcelain sewing tape measureMan with Fly on Head Sewing Tape Measure   Hair parted in the middle and a fly on his head!  German porcelain, and very hard to find!

Good + . . . . .  $75.00     SOLD!!






Antique Folding Sterling Silver ScissorsAntique Folding Sterling Silver Scissors The handles are marked "sterling".  Very unusual and in fine condition!  Be sure to look at all the pictures.

Good + . . . . . . . .  $125.00     SOLD!





Matching Pair of Antique Scissors in CaseMatching Pair of Antique Scissors in Case  Marked "LaCross" and "Schnefel Bros. Germany".  There is a bit of corrosion on the larger pair that will clean.

Good . . . . . . . .  $40.00          SOLD!!






Matching Pair of Antique Scissors in CaseMatching Pair of Antique Scissors in Case  Figural handles are a pair of stylized swans.  Marked "Wilhelm Hasselbach Solingen" and "Germany".

Good . . . . . . . .  $30.00          SOLD!!




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This is just a sample of the many sewing related antiques we have sold.
Click link to see other past  Sales Archive Pages on this Site.

We can help you sell quality Antiques Contact Us.

For further info on consigning / selling your antiques with us please see our FAQ page, the Appraisal / Selling Page and the Selling Your Collection Pages.

Our current offering of Antiques for sale are at our sister Website Patented-Antiques.com.


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