Sewing clamp with pincushion

Object Number: 
INV.696ab
Date: 
1850-1880
Medium: 
Metal, silk
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. ( 16.8 x 4.1 x 5.4 cm )
Description: 
White metal sewing clamp with green velvet pincushion; C-clamp with a thumbscrew clamps to the side of a table; thumbscrew has a heart-shaped end.
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