Needle case, knotted, or built up stitch by stitch in green and white silk thread with the addition of silver strip wire on a white silk core. The case unfolds to reveal internal pouches lined with green silk, with modern felt neeld flaps added at the base. The overla design is divided into rectangles corresponding to the folds, with different patterns in either plain white thread or in silver strip thread. The design incorporates at one end the date 1738.
- Width: 82 millimetres
- Length: 295 millimetres (total, unrolled)
Needle cases of this type are generally known as 'huswifs' (housewifes) but the collections of the V&A do not include anything comparable to this example (information from Clare Browne, V&A, 8.01.07).
Old Acquisition, date of entry into collections unknown.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCN26225
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