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The Sunflower Knitting Needle Case

Knitting Needle Case and Knitting Needles
1870-1890 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 28 parts.

  • Knitting Needle Case
  • Knitting Needle
  • Knitting Needle
  • Knitting Needle
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  • Knitting Needle
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  • Knitting Needle
  • Knitting Needle
  • Knitting Needle
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  • Knitting Needle
  • Knitting Needle
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Materials and Techniques
Leather and steel
Brief Description
Red Leather knitting needle case hold 27 steel knitting needles, manufactured by Bassatt Powell, England, 1870-1890
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 13.5cm
  • Open width: 19.5cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'The / Sun flower / Knitting Needle / Case / BASSETT POWELL 83 Westbourne Grove W' (Gilt inscription on the top of the inner flap.)
Credit line
Given by Mrs D. J. Lamb
Object history
Registered File number 1995/1055.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.712:1 to 28-1995

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record createdJanuary 14, 2005
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