Sewing box

Object Number: 
INV.7572a-v
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Wood, bone, metal, textile
Dimensions: 
overall (box): 6 1/2 x 7 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. ( 16.5 x 18.1 x 14 cm )
Marks: 
Handwritten on Nadelman collection sticker applied to underside: "2151/Amer"
Description: 
Wooden spool box with two stepped tiers, drawer inside lower section with wooden pull, and pincushion surmounting top which can be lifted off, away from finials; upper section contains metal prongs to hold eight spools from which the thread is drawn through bone eyelets on each of three sides; also holds 11 thread winders of various shapes and sizes, and roll of lace wrapped around wooden spool; drawer holds piece of paper with two needles stuck through it, hook with ivory handle, ivory bobbin, two metal needles, and stub of marking pencil.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman, 1937
Provenance: 
Disosway, Staten Island, NY, September 1926; The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group