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Knitting sheath
  • Knitting sheath
    Smith, Thomas Theophilus, born 1800
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Knitting sheath

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Thomas Theophilus, born 1800 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This knitting sheath is inscribed with the date 1740, the name 'Thomos Smith' and the initials 'EP'. It was therefore probably made by a man for a woman as a present or love token. This example has intricate carved decoration of a small head and abstract designs, and a turned end.

Knitters used sheaths to hold one needle and support the knitting while they knitted with the other needle. They could tuck the sheath into their waistband or tie it around their waist.

Physical description

Carved wooden knitting sheath including the name 'Thomos Smith', the date 1740 and the initials 'EP'.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1740 (made)


Smith, Thomas Theophilus, born 1800 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved wood


Length: 22.5 cm, Width: 1.5 cm

Descriptive line

Carved wooden knitting sheath, England, 1740






Tools & Equipment


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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