The DAR Museum always shares something fun and interesting. This time, for National Sewing month, they posted this amazing little item.

The museum writes,

This brass fish-shaped sewing case dates from 1865-1875 and contains a thimble, small scissors, a bodkin, a needle case, and a stiletto. The bodkin is used for drawing cords or tapes though narrow casings or for lacing up garments. The stiletto, or awl, is a multi-use tool common for centuries in sewing kits and can be used to make holes, pick out stitches, and many other tasks. At 4” long this case could easily fit in a pocket or a larger sewing box.

(photos: DAR Museum)


#12 hatshepsut 2019-09-12 10:45
From the ring in the fish's mouth it may be that it was for use on a chatelaine. They were very popular at the time and were said to be able to hold, 'everything a woman needs'. I love them.
#11 melegchristine 2019-09-12 01:47
Okay okay okay when I first saw the fish it looked to me like the fishing lure that was a favorite when I was growing up. Hmmm guess I won't get to far from my childhood roots...
#10 Carol Frencham 2019-09-11 15:54
they dont make them like that anymore.
#9 eriveral@aol.com 2019-09-11 15:03
:-| That is just too cool.
#8 Marian L. 2019-09-11 12:15
Someone did some careful planning on how everything would fit in that case. Amazing!
#7 j. d. armstrong 2019-09-11 10:35
Hi Photostitch--it would cost a fortune--but I would be happy to buy! Do you think one could make it in fabric, stiffened with interfacing and stuffed to get the dimension?
#6 artsyal 2019-09-11 09:57
Love it. So unique
#5 Photostitch 2019-09-11 08:42
I wish a company would reproduce the antique notions sets and their cases. With the millions of sewers out there, they would do well!
#4 Janet Moyer 2019-09-11 08:05
Sewing needs have not changed as much as we think!
#3 MichK 2019-09-11 07:53
Looks lethal!
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