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Knitting needle case and knitting needles - The Sunflower Knitting Needle Case

The Sunflower Knitting Needle Case

  • Object:

    Knitting needle case and knitting needles

  • Place of origin:

    London (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1870-1890 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bassat Powell (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather and steel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs D. J. Lamb

  • Museum number:

    T.712:1 to 28-1995

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This Sunflower Knitting Needle Case by Bassett Powell is embossed on the outside with a gold sunflower. It contains steel knitting needles in sizes ranging from 19 to 11, mostly finer than the average size of needles used today. These needles are not tapered at the ends as modern ones are and during the period 1830-1900 they were often called knitting 'pins'.

Knitting needles have been made from a variety of materials, including metal, wood, ivory and plastic. The technology to produce thin metal rods was not available until the 1550s.

Physical description

Red leather case decorated on the outside with an embossed gold sunflower motif; open to show 27 steel knitting needles of 19th century from sizes 11 to 19; with gilt title on the top of the inner flap.

Place of Origin

London (manufactured)


1870-1890 (manufactured)


Bassat Powell (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Leather and steel

Marks and inscriptions

'The / Sun flower / Knitting Needle / Case / BASSETT POWELL 83 Westbourne Grove W'
Gilt inscription on the top of the inner flap.


Length: 13.5 cm, Width: 19.5 cm open

Object history note

Registered File number 1995/1055.

Descriptive line

Red Leather knitting needle case hold 27 steel knitting needles, manufactured by Bassatt Powell, England, 1870-1890


Leather; Steel

Subjects depicted



Tools & Equipment; Needlework accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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