Needle Cases

I love small things, especially antique objects crafted in a way that puts beauty on a par with function. One of many fascinations are exquisitely detailed and intricately crafted needle cases, with their beautiful aesthetic detail, the varied ways they open and the characterful copies of people and food.

(Main image above, left to right: Umbrella, carved bone, c.1870s; English straw work, c.1880s; 
French Mother of Pearl Palais Royale, c.1820s; Chinese Ivory, n.d.)
(Left to right: Unknown; Piccadilly combination sewing needle case, c.1900)
(Left to right: English, 1765, Philadelphia Museum of Art; English hand-painted asparagus, 18th c; 
Fisher people, c.1800)

I’ve struggled to reference all of these and confirm the attributed references. See these and others on my Needle Cases Pinterest board.

OMG That Artifact has great historical artefacts, and is where the lovely lady on the bottom left came from.


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