Antique Carved Madras Work Needle Book * English * Circa 1820 For Sale
Carved Madras Work Needle Book
* Circa 1820
needle book is
engraved with patterns of
Madras work dots and circles on both sides. This is a form of scrimshaw
lacquer is flowed into the engraved designs and this one has especially
delicate designs. It has a lovely mellow
patina and grain pattern. It
opens like a book and inside are little pages of finely woven wool to
hold the needles. They have been embroidered around the edges with silk
buttonhole stitches. Matching yellow silk ribbons trim the back spine
and tie in a bow to hold the book closed.
condition is excellent
with no chips or loss. It measures 3 3/8" by 1 3/4" closed (not
counting the ribbons). The silk ribbons & trim and the needle
are all original. It's
English and dates to the early 19th century. A
variety of Madras work needlework
tools in this material are shown on p. 87 of Nerylla Taunton's book Antique
Needlework Tools.If you have any questions about this item, please
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Antique Carved Madras Work Needle Book * English * Circa 1820: $255