Sewing clamp

Object Number: 
ca. 1850-1900
Steel, velvet
Overall: 7 x 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 17.8 x 5.7 x 8.3 cm )
Steel sewing bird with four spools; a clip with curved handle, and a brown velvet cushion; thumb screw.
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group