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Pin cushion

Pin cushion

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1889 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J.E. Brickman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This pin cushion is made from velvet and silk, and is heavily patterned with glass beads and pins. The beads are mostly clear, but there are some turquoise, red, orange, and black ones that also feature in the highly complex pattern. Metal pins have also been stuck into the pin cushion in order to enhance the design and to be functional.

Physical description

The pincushion is made from dark red velvet backed with dark red silk. The pincushion is stuffed making it thick and heavy. It has been decorated with clear glass beads thats have been sewn onto the surface. These beads have been shaped into leaf and branch patterns. Along with the clear beads, there are also turquoise, red, orange, and black beads, as well as a pearlised bead in the centre of the design. Accompanying this pattern is an array of metal pins placed into the fabric inbetween the beads.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1889 (made)


Length: 19 cm, Width: 19 cm, Thickness: 7.6 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs J.E. Brickman

Descriptive line

Velvet and silk pin cushion, English, c.1889


Velvet; Silk; Glass; Metal


Hand sewing


Children & Childhood; Textiles

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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