This little wooden box with beautiful inlay is weighted. The petite handle would never support the weight of the box. I have read that the weight was used to hold fabric in place, in the lap or from a table top. It is about 6" long and weighs about 3 pounds.
The padded lid is replacement fabric, not done by me.
The inside of the box is divided. It is not a tray.
The pearl handle, lidded compartment has been recovered in fabric that matches the outer top.
The inside of the box is lined in beautiful paper. The paper appears to me to be original, although the gold isn't quite as 'metallic' as it once was. The compartments are deep - a mother of pearl thread winder is shown in one of the square sections.
The floral band of inlay around the outside is in great condition.
The sewing roll is pink silk, hand embroidered has several sections. The center is a small pin cushion.
Very elegant with feather stitching in three lines running the length of the lining.
When closed, it folds to a petite 2.5" x 3.5"
The quilt top is English, paper pieced by hand.
Many early 19th century fabrics, including the chintz center hexagon.
It gets scrappier as the rounds progress. Some of the Hex pieces are themselves pieced.
I have been told by more than one conservator to photograph the papers and then remove them.
The acid in the papers and ink will cause the fabrics to deteriorate. This might be my project this month! There are only a few left in.
You can also see the hand basting and hand sewing.
Here is a close up of a few of the fabrics.
Wonderful detailed fabrics, the maker skillfully mixed a variety of scale and color.
I finished the Salley Morse sampler. You can see it all framed - really- complete, done... totally finished - HERE.
I love the tiger maple frame molding - solid maple.
I hope you enjoyed the first box. More coming up in future posts.
Also, I will be answering a request to see more of the little sewing machines. I love requests, as much as comments - thank you for taking time to comment!
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Have a great week!