John James and Sons
Household and miscellaneous
Leather, metal, plastic, embroidery thread and paper.
207 mm (length); 145 mm (width)
Place of origin
RedditchOrder this image
Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
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A leather sewing case or wallet which has a metal clasp incorporating a keyhole. The key is missing. When opened it unfolds to reveal folding flaps incorporating silk embroidery thread, three pairs of scissors, a button hook, two bodkins, a corkscrew, two packets of needles, four metal needles, blunt ended metal needle, five needles and a scrap of newspaper. Sewn onto one flap is a piece of cream wool into which are pierced the five needles. Total number of items is 50.
Marks and inscriptions
Paper needle packets: 'THE PATENT/ TRANSPARENT WRAPPER/ SHARPS 1/ John James and Sons.' Reverse of the paper needle packet: 'JOHN JAMES AND SONS/ REDDITCH/ CELEBRATED/ ENGLISH MAKE/ SHARPS./ 1/ PATENTED'
Makers and roles
John James and Sons , maker