Thursday, 29 November 2012

Sewing Tools @ Bleasdales Auctions 4 & 5 December 2012

We talked the other night about pinballs and samplers for sale at Bleasdales on 4th and 5th December - but do look at their catalogue (click here to see) because this is a major sewing sale and features hundreds of antique needlework tools, including many examples of Tunbridge and Mauchline ware as seen in the recent Winter edition of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly. Here are just a few examples to whet your appetitie. Lot 9 is a good early Tunbridge ware multiple sewing clamp of cottage and skep form, the rectangular block frame line decorated and with a red and black painted panel of a Chinaman and flanked by a pair of skep form cotton barrels, the upper circular tier supported by a cottage with door, two leaded windows, a birdcage and trees, the upper tier fitted with a skep pin poppet and a skep form tape measure. Estimate: £400 - £600.

Lot 4 above is an early 19th century Tunbridge whitewood painted sewing clamp, the turned right angle frame supuporting a cylinder box painted with a figure and farm buildings in an open landscape below a screw-off cover incorporating a circular velvet pincushion. Estimate: £60 - £100.

Lot 204 above is a novelty brass tape measure in the form of the Coronation Coach, complete printed tape. The estimate: £30 - £50.

Lot 210 above includes two painted wooden tape measures, one in the form of a pear, the other an apple, both with worn printed tapes, 5.3cm and 4cm. The estimate for both is: £40 - £80.
Lot 290 is a set of six mother-of-pearl top reel holders, with matching emery, waxer and tape measure, the reel holders with cut pearl tops, brass stems and bone bases, 2.5cm diameter, the three remaining pieces with bone bodies, the tape measure complete and nicely printed with leaf border. The estimate: £150 - £250.

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