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Pin cushion

Pin cushion

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1769 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk knitted in stocking stitch with a string of plaited silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Knitted silk, cylindrical pin cushion of brown and cream silk, knitted in stocking stitch (26 stitches to the inch). The cushion is tied around the centre with a string of plaited cream and brown silk. One half of the cushion is patterned with stylised carnations and with the initials 'M M', the other half is pattered in a design of zig-zags, coronets and a central medallion.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1730-1769 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk knitted in stocking stitch with a string of plaited silk


Length: 1.5 in, Width: 1.25 in, Length: 11.5 in Strings

Descriptive line

Knitted pin cushion, England, 1730-1769

Labels and date

Hand-knitted silk and wool
English, late 18th to early 19th century.

Each is made of two circles, approximately 4cms in diameter, of patterned stocking stitch. Plaited and woven braids hide the stitches that join the two halves together and are made into loops so that the pincushions could be suspended from the waist.

Given by the Reverend R Brooke, 545-1864, and the descendants of Hannah Downes, T.31F&G and T.66-1970 [1985]


Textiles; Accessories; Needlework accessories


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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