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We recently acquired three wonderful relics of the Victorian age: three needle boxes or cases, all English, 2 offering needles made by Morris & Yeoman’s. Please see our similar listings to see the other items — a great opportunity for the sewing collector.
This very rare box is made of paper covered cardboard and was probably a gift — these mementos were popular tokens given to friends during the Victorian era. This little box was made in England and dates to the 1870-80s. It is titled “Morris & Yeoman’s Canopy Needle Case (registration mark) Astwood Redditch” as idenitified by a paper label on the underside of the lid. The paper materials were probably made in Germany.
The box has a small silk covered pin cushion on the lid topped with a floral diecut. There is a geometric paper border along the edge of the lid. The sides are covered in a blue paper featuring flowers, birds and butterflies. The top lifts to reveal an interior box — the lid and four sides fold down flat. The interior box holds a spool of thread and is covered in embossed metallic gold paper and topped with a Grecian key border and a small diecut. The sides of the box are cut out to reveal the thread; the thread is held in place by metal tabs and the spool is labeled “Ecerton Clace, London.” The sides of the interior are covered in a floral paper and each holds a package of needles held down with red leather straps. The needle packages are marked “Morris & Yeoman’s, Sharps,” and include No. 6, 7, 8 and assorted. The packages appear full and to have not been opened. Measures 2 x 2 x 2 1/2″. Please see condition description above and take a look at all photos. An amazing and rare collectible from past — speaks to the importance of sewing in a lady’s life in the Victorian era.
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