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Sewing table

Object Number: 
1920.114
Date: 
1853-1860
Medium: 
Metal, fabric
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 in. ( 14.6 x 10.8 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Ornate metal sewing bird with pin cushions on back of bird clip and also above thumb-screw clamp.
Gallery Label: 
Clamps, often crowned with a pin cushion, were screwed to the side of a table and gave sewers a free hand with which to cut or pin. During the 1850s, clamps in the form of birds, referred to as "hemming birds," were particularly popular.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group