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Pin cushion

Pin cushion

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1733 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-knitted silk and silver-gilt thread

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Frank Ward

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This decorative pincushion was knitted on fine steel needles. It is made from cream silk and silver gilt thread in patterned stocking stitch. The initials 'EW' appear on one side, with the date '1733' on the other. The formal and symmetrical decoration includes flower and bird motifs.

The pincushion was knitted in two pieces. The person who made it then sewed the pieces together and covered the seams with braid.

Physical description

Pin cushion in the shape of a small rectangular cushion, and made from cream silk and silver-gilt thread in patterned stocking stitch and decorated with motifs of birds, plants and geometric forms. The seams are covered with braid. The initials 'E W' appear on one side and the date '1733' on the other.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1733 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Hand-knitted silk and silver-gilt thread


Length: 16 cm, Width: 4.5 in, Width: 10.5 cm

Descriptive line

Pin cushion of hand-knitted silk and silver-gilt thread, England, 1733

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hinchcliffe, Frances (ed.), Knit One, Purl One : Historic and Contemporary Knitting from the V&A's Collection. V&A, London, 1985

Labels and date

Hand-knitted silk and silver-gilt thread
English, dated 1733

Both sides of this oblong pincushion are knitted in patterned stocking stitch. The reverse has an octagonal motif containing stylized carnations with four peacocks and the initials 'EW'. It is edged with plaited silver gilt cord to cover the join between the two halves.

Bequeathed by Mr Frank Ward
T.251-1960 [1985]




Hand knitting


Household objects; Tools & Equipment; Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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