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Wallet

  • Place of origin:

    Redditch (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Henry Milward & Sons (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather with metal press-stud opening, metal needles, lined with dark pink cotton sateen and paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs M. Laidlars

  • Museum number:

    T.213-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Leather wallet containing sewing needles. Folding pink leather wallet with a press-stud opening which, when opened, shows four sections of graded needles with grades and prices marked in gold. Called 'Best Gold-Eyed sewing needles', the wallet contains grades 6-10, 20-22 'Tap' (for tapestry), betweens, sharps and 20-22 'Chen' (for chenille) needles. There are also crewels and darners. There are approximately 255 in the wallet and the prices range from 4/8d to 6/10d (presumably for multiple purchase). The inside of the folder is lined with dark pink cotton sateen and the needles are secured into each movable flap with a backing of black paper.

Place of Origin

Redditch (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Henry Milward & Sons (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Leather with metal press-stud opening, metal needles, lined with dark pink cotton sateen and paper

Marks and inscriptions

‘6/10’, ‘5/9’, ‘4/8’, ‘5/9’, ‘6/10’ / ‘BEST GOLD-EYED SEWING NEEDLES’
Stamped on the inside in gold

'4/8 / Crewel', '5/9 / Darners', '20-22 / Tap Chen', '5/9 / Darners', '4/8 / Crewel / HENRY MILWARD & SONS REDDITCH . ENGLAND'
Stamped on the inside in gold

Other numbers and words in gold [indistinct as they are hidden by the needles]

Dimensions

Length: 5 in closed, Width: 3.25 in closed, Length: 12.5 cm closed, Width: 8.5 cm closed, Length: 9 in open, Width: 5 in open, Length: 23 cm open, Width: 12.5 cm open

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/1445.

Descriptive line

Leather wallet containing sewing needles, made by Henry Milward & Sons, Redditch, ca. 1900

Materials

Leather; Metal; Paper; Cotton (textile)

Techniques

Lined; Satin weave

Categories

Leather; Needlework accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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