Sometimes I stumble up on the neatest things. And, because I'm not a nut for condition as much as I am for price, I manage to end up with quite a collection of items that are basically worthless, except as examples of how people used to live. This is one of those.
I found it at the estate sale we went to last week. It was in the powder box from the picture. There were a lot of boxes and each one contained one random item. When I opened this box and saw the needle case, I clutched it to my chest and didn't let go until it was paid for and in the truck.This needle case is from the grand old days of needle cases. It's made of silk and has been secured to a silk ribbon. It originally had silk ribbons that would tie it closed, but those are very fragile and I dare not use them. It is as much a decorative item as a practical one.
So, let's start at the wrong end. It is on a pin so it can be pinned to the sewers clothing. Now, I find that to be a very practical idea because I am constantly setting my needle case down while I'm sewing and not being able to find it when I need it. It would also be practical for sewing in the car, which I do on all our road trips, even around town.
Next is a silk ribbon woven through a set of rings. Now, I imagine there is some significance to that, but if not, and it is purely decorative, then it is a practical way to secure the case to the clothing.
Next, there is a bow. This one must have been decorative and provided a way to mask the needle case itself.
After the bow, there is a needle sharpening "strawberry" of silk. I don't know how practical a silk strawberry would be, but I don't think this was meant to last forever. It was meant to be practical and decorative and done.
Take care and have a great Vintage Thingies Thursday. Head on over to Suzanne's blog and check out all the other Vintage items that have been posted. Lane