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Canterbury Shakers Sewing Pouch
- Hand stitched pale gold silk sewing pouch. Sides of pouch made of reinforced cardboard covered in green ribbon. Each end is fan shaped and has a flap that opens up to reveal a flannel flap to hold needles. The perimeter of each end is stuffed with a substance which enables pins to be inserted like a pincushion. The outside of each end has a small loop crocheted on the bottom which attaches to a pin to close the flap.The interior of the pouch would hold scissors, thread, thimbles, bodkin and other sewing tools. There is also a thimble shaped piece of beeswax affixed to a gold ribbon which is for strengthening thread and waxing needles. In original 5-1/2â€ť square chipboard box, says, â€śManufactured by the Canterbury Shakers, East Canterbury, New Hampshire.â€ť Hand written sticker on the bottom of box says, $99.50 ND #80-228 with a circled #10.
Iroquois Pin Cushion, front has 2 beaded flowers and leaf on a duty rose velvet background, accented with a leaf motif bordering scalloped edge. Beads are raised, the beadwork almost three dimensional and in clear, blue, pink, gray and yellow glass beads. 3/4â€ť loops of clear beads hang down from the 4 corner scallops. Back is ecru polished cotton. Cushion is very heavy, they were commonly stuffed with sawdust, cotton batting or cattail fluff. 9-1/2â€™ wide, 8â€ť deep an 3â€ť high. These were made by the Indians and usually sold as souvenirs. DATE: Late 19th century.