Embroidered Silk Needle Book


Made in the USA


As these are all hand made each is unique. Simple needle books like these are sometimes found in traditional collections. They are the work of necessity and frugality. This is made of a changeable silk outer fabric embroidered with silk thread and lined in changeable silk with a two flannel inside pages each with five pints, medium and large. In The Proceedings of the Old Bailey in a theft trial in 1784 London it was recorded, “SIMON ALLEN was indicted for feloniously stealing . . . one pincushion, value one halfpeny, one needle book, value one halfpenny”.

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