Overall: 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 in. ( 14.6 x 10.8 x 5.1 cm )
Ornate metal sewing bird with pin cushions on back of bird clip and also above thumb-screw clamp.
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.
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
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