Household and miscellaneous
Wicker, cotton, silk, glass, wood, mother of pearl, metal and ivory
Basket - 210 mm (length); 140 mm (width); 100 mm (height), Each piece of content (min) – 33 (length); 5 mm (width), Each piece of content (max) - 100 mm (length); 55 mm (width)Order this image
Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
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A light brown coloured rectangular wicker cane sewing basket which has a hinged lid, which is lifted with a thread-covered ring attached to the edge opposite the wicker hinges. There are two similar rings, one on each side of the basket. The interior is lined with red silk which is glued to pieces of cardboard and nailed to the interior surfaces. There is a piece of matching ribbon glued along the centre of the inside of the lid with a narrower piece sewn to this at intervals to provide loops for attaching various sewing aids - a pair of scissors, an ivory bodkin, a mother-of-pearl-handled bodkin and an ivory crochet hook. There is a small oval mirror glued to the centre of the ribbon strip. In the main part of the basket are a reel of black 'J.A.P.Coats Best Cord Sewing Machine Cotton', a reel of cream-white thread labelled 'Chadwick's Moravian', an ivory stiletto, a pincushion (described later), a card of press studs, and a packet of assorted needles. The pincushion is made of silver-coloured wire in an oval shape and resembles a basket in the way the wire is woven. It has a plaited top edge and a metal handle at each end. The cushion is of blue velvet over an unknown substance. There are eleven pins stuck in it. Total number of items is 55.